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In the fourth part of a series that aims to help you find a franchise to suit your budget, Barbara Oaff investigates franchises in the 50,000 [pounds sterling] to 100,000 [pounds sterling] bracket. The choice is huge and the financial rewards can be great
RUNNING YOUR OWN CAFE is a popular dream for many people. For those with around 80,000 [pounds sterling] to invest it could become a reality. Enter O'Briens. The 'upmarket Irish sandwich bar' was piloted in Dublin in 1994. Nine years later the founder Brody Sweeny has overseen the opening of 160 outlets. Vacancies still remain in Ireland and the UK as well as Germany, Asia, Australia and the US.
O'Briens is not the only foodie-type franchise looking to expand. Subway is based on the American idea of offering huge filled rolls to either eat in or out. Delifrance copies the traditional French patisserie, providing a sit down and takeaway option. La Baguette Du Jour offers a similar service, as does Crepe a Croissant. Esquires, meanwhile, specialists in coffee houses and kiosks. As for fast food, at the very least do your research on Southern Fried Chicken and Favourite Chicken and Ribs. All of these franchisees fall within the 50,000 [pounds sterling] to 100,000 [pounds sterling] price bracket and all are …