Vegan fast-food chain Odd Burger has signed a franchise agreement for its first British Columbia location, continuing its expansion plans throughout Canada.
Franchisees John Bowker and Luke Ceraldi are currently seeking a site to introduce the city of Victoria to the brand.
“Victoria is the ideal spot to begin our West Coast takeover, and our partners Luke and John are ready to bring our brand to their city,” said James McInnes, Odd Burger co-founder and CEO. “The community will love our indulgent, iconic fast food without the guilt, made from wholesome ingredients like chickpeas, jackfruit, and fresh veggies.”
The Victoria location is projected to open within three months of site selection and permit approvals. It will follow the model of Odd Burger’s restaurants in Ontario–compact footprints optimized for fast service, takeout, and delivery, and simplified employee training. The company’s smart kitchens feature modern on-demand cooking technology, online ordering, self-checkout kiosks, and cashless transactions.
Recently Odd Burger announced loans of up to 90 percent of the cost of opening a new location through the Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP), administered by CIBC, to reduce up-front capital requirements. Loans of up to $350,000 through the government-guaranteed program can be used for new store financing, renovations, and more.
Those interested in franchising opportunities can visit https://oddburger.com/pages/franchise-what-we-offer.
The brand already has Ontario locations in Toronto, London, Windsor, Vaughan, Waterloo, and Hamilton, with Calgary and Ottawa franchises currently in development as well as a U.S. location. In addition to restaurants, Odd Burger also operates a manufacturing facility in London where it creates its proprietary plant-based proteins and dairy alternatives.