“The only thing I missed about the United States was bagels,” says J. Kent Pepper, the founder of Brooklyn Bagel Co. Mr. Pepper moved to Croatia five years ago and decided to bring a little bit of his hometown with him. He opened Brooklyn Bagel Co. in Split—the only bakery in Croatia that makes authentic New York-style bagels. “I tried every ‘bagel’ I’ve seen in Croatia,” explains Mr. Pepper, using air quotes when he says the word bagel, “and every one of them has just been bread with a hole in the middle. A real bagel is boiled in water before it’s baked. It should be dense and chewy.”

Mr. Pepper opened his first Brooklyn Bagel Co. sandwich shop in Split three years ago and has since opened two more. Now he is looking for franchisees to open Brooklyn Bagel Co. shops across Croatia. “We spent a lot of time in our bakery perfecting a method for half-baking bagels, so the baking process can be finished at the store,” Mr. Pepper says. “That way every customer, no matter where they live, can enjoy a fresh, warm bagel.”

To meet that anticipated demand, Brooklyn Bagel Co. is investing in expanding their production capabilities. A larger space and new equipment will allow them to increase hourly production by roughly 500%. “It’s taken a little education to teach Croatians what a bagel is—one of the first Croatian phrases I learned was, ‘Nije krafna.’—but once they try it, we’ve got a repeat customer,” he says. Mr. Pepper says the secret to a successful sandwich is to add an ingredient that makes each kind a little bit special. The ham and cheese sandwich has a pickle on it. The Italian uses olive tapenade, and the turkey sandwich has roasted red peppers. “I think that’s what really differentiates us from the build-your-own-sandwich shops. Given the choice, people will choose to make the same, boring sandwich they always have,” Mr. Pepper explains. The best seller, however, is the Brooklyn Bagel Co. bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. “It might be my favorite food in the world,” says Mr. Pepper. “It’s the perfect grab-and-go meal for someone in a hurry who wants a tasty, filling breakfast.”

Brooklyn Bagel Co. has created two model store layouts, one with seating for customers and one with only a takeout counter, which allows for a shop to operate in a space as small as 30 square meters. The investment to open a franchise is estimated to be as low as €64.000, and a shop can be operated by as few as three full-time employees. “What makes it especially easy,” Mr. Pepper explains, “is that the staff doesn’t require any special training. You don’t need someone in the back with extensive culinary experience.” The small staffing requirements and use of commonly available equipment means startup costs can be up to 20% than competing fast food franchises. “From day one, I was conscious of making sure everything Brooklyn Bagel Co. did was easy to replicate,” says Mr. Pepper. “I’m looking forward to people being able to enjoy New York’s favorite breakfast in Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Dubrovnik and everywhere else in Croatia.”

Quad Light

The Quad Light is a Hungarian world novelty, a completely new, innovative conception, making its way to the European cities very soon. Your company can be among the first who use this special utility to advertise. The device is a roof developed especially for advertising purposes, built on a quad vehicle, carrying a lit Backlight ad board on its rear. Size of the advertisement board: 1000mm x 1500mm / 40inches x 60inches. All our Quad Light vehicles have third-party insurance, category certificates and all legal documents and permits allowing the use of public roads. The vehicles meet the requirements of the Highway Codes so they can go on the road, among traffic. Our developments, formal innovations and technical solutions enjoy the protection of the European Union. (45 different registration and industrial protection) More information at


Sr.Patata is the first Spanish chain of fast reastaurants specialized in french fries and roasts. The standard franchising offer gives the possibility of entering into business with great projection that require some low levels of investment, and that permits to obtain, at the same time, a high level of profit value. Sr.Patata offers to the potentials franchisees three concepts of franchise among the ones that to elect are: Sr.Patata TOP i Sr.Patata Express. The company facilitates its franchisees the necessary, through diverse courses, in matter of gestations of the establishment, reception of orders, form of the storage and control of stocks, techniques of cooking and presentation of the products and all that that necessary to negotiate of optimum form all the models of restoration that offers Sr.Patata. More information at


Originally Finnish idea about training grounds for safety in traffic for children between 6 and 14 years. Idea was started in 1989 in Germany and it spread itself in Austria, Slovenia, Cyprus, Greece, Russia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, France, Great Britain and Thailand. Necessary starting investments are from 28000 EUR which includes 5 cars for children, helmets, traffic lights, road signs, promotion material, 5 years license and help in running business. This concept characterized possibility to get profit through different activities: sales of tickets, sales of marketing space of cars and helmets, ice-cream and juice sales on training ground, birthday parties celebration, participation in different activities with other partners. Training ground can be fixed and moveable. More information on

Fast tracks kids

Research has shown that 80% of children’s capability of learning is developed by their 8 year. This franchise concept is based on creating encouraging and empowering atmosphere in which children learn how to think and how to connect term and how to communicate. There are different programs for the children from age of 6 months until 8 years. This is an American concept which has a great success in USA. More information on

RE/MAX (Real Estate Maximums)

Shortcut RE/MAX stands for “Real Estate Maximums” i.e. “Maximum in sales of real estate”
Idea about franchising in real estate started in 1973 in Canada where was accepted and after that it was spread along USA and in 1994 started “avalanche” on real estate market in Europe rapidly conquering country by country – today only in Europe there is over 1000 offices licensed for doing business in RE/MAX real estate with over 6900 employed excellent agents, while in the world RE/MAX is present in 63 countries with over 116 600 representatives – franchisees.
One of the countries to which RE/MAX gave his trust is Croatia.
During 2004 in Zagreb RE/MAX office was opened and at this moment is spreading their business in Zagreb and along Adriatic coats which actualization is out of question in recent times. Our goal is to spread RE/MAX real estate sales representatives network in Croatia and accomplish excellent service quality of sales network which will at the same time guarantee product quality i.e. real estate on highest possible level without lapsing for Europe. With this on domestic, unstable market only the best will survive and therefore generate extra profits thanks to established system and promotion and sales organization which RE/MAX offers in his franchise.
For more information about this franchise please be so kind and contact Center for franchising in Osijek.

Barnie’s Coffee&Tea Co

US company named “Barnie’s Coffee&Tea Co” is interested in expanding their international franchise program to Croatia. They are looking for a potential Master – franchisee who would be interested in establishment of “Barnie’s Coffee&Tea Co” retail stories throughout the region.This concept has a 25 year history of operations and represents one of the largest privately held specialty coffee retailers in the United States. Currently, they have Mater Franchisees in Kuwait, Ireland, India and Turkey. For obtaining more information, please contact The Franchising Center Osijek.

San Francisco Coffee House

San Francisco Coffee House is the the first american coffee house in Croatia. This  unique place where you can enjoy in the authentic ambiance of this american city in the first six months of it’s existance got excelent reviews and unusually large media attention. Elle Decor categorised it among 6 best decorated restorants-bars-coffe shops in the country and  24 hours in their Metro section „where to go on a date?” chosees San Francisco Coffee House. Covering the opening  Jutarnji List emphasises  17 kinds of coffees. The local media in Osijek, where the first coffee house was opened, proudly goes into detail describing rich choises of American Mocha and Latte coffees one can enjoy in this  style-unique environment with soft jazz music, foreign newspapers and magazines, free unlimited vireless internet access or in „coffe to go” cups take it with you to the office, school or when going for a walk. More information about this franchise opportunity you can get at The Franchise Center in Osijek.

Body Creator

Body Creator is Croatian franchise chain of beauty centers for correction of female figure. It was establshed in 2001 and it offeres treatments of localized sliming using heat slim process that has been used abroad for last 30 years. In adition to company owned pilot unit there are 3 franchise center in Zagreb. The company is interested in further expansion within Croatia. The main conditions  for opening of this franchise unit are:  a space of  100 square meters, hiring minimum of 3 people and investment between €25 000 and €52 000 , depending on a franchise model.

Economic Vitez, Bosnia and Hercegovina

Economic Vitez has been in business for 17 successful years in Bosnia and Herzegovina and with its 46 franchise locations represents the first and the largest franchise in that area. In their stores one can find electrical, pluming and building  supplies, metals, office equipment and supplies, tools, tiles, bathroom sets and kitchen cabinets  from own production program. They are interested in expanding to Croatian market.