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Mexicali Fresh

Mexicali Fresh has led the Mexican evolution in NZ since 2005. With giant American-style burritos and Mexican beer in a colourful, casual atmosphere. We are recruiting energetic, enthusiastic franchisees with a passion for great food and excellent customer service for our turnkey restaurants.

Mexicali Fresh brought big American-style burritos and frozen margaritas to the Kiwi landscape in 2005 with the launch of its first restaurant at Princes Wharf on Auckland’s waterfront. Now the company is offering motivated and ambitious people the opportunity to become a part of this rapidly-evolving Kiwi success story.

Mexicali Fresh is a family-owned-and-operated business led by brothers Conor and Tyler Kerlin. The driven and passionate pair are continuing a successful 35-year family tradition of managing some of the hottest Mexican restaurants in the United States.

‘After ten years of business, we know we’ve got a winning formula,’ Conor Kerlin says. ‘We’ve amassed a die-hard following thanks to our laid-back vibe, loyal staff, hand-crafted food and freedom of choice. Our customers have just one complaint – they want more places around the country to get their Mexicali fix!’

Mexicali Fresh’s current Auckland locations are: Princes Wharf, Nuffield Street in Newmarket, Karangahape Road and Victoria Street in the CBD. We've got franchises in New Lynn, Constellation Drive on the North Shore, Pukekohe, Ponsonby, Ellerslie, Mission Bay, Takapuna and Mount Maunganui.

The goal is to open 40 Mexicali Fresh restaurants in the next five years. Current stores range in size from 110-210 sqm with substantial outdoor seating areas being desirable. All are fully-licensed.

The opportunity

Mexicali Fresh is now looking for enthusiastic, energetic people who are passionate about great food and excellent customer service to take the franchise nationwide. Depending upon size and location, the investment required starts from around $375,000 +gst. This opportunity is great for a family team dedicated to building a rewarding lifestyle, or perfect for the seasoned hospitality professional who has the capacity to manage multiple franchises based on proven systems.

Mexicali Fresh secures favourable leases for its franchisees, fits out the premises in our colourful and unique style, purchases and installs all restaurant equipment and computer technology, and trains the franchisee and their manager in our proven systems. We offer continuing in-store and system-wide marketing and management support, along with cutting edge digital menu displays, POS and back office systems to help achieve results above industry-average.

If you want to be part of the fast-casual insurgence in New Zealand and reap the rewards of owning a franchise with an established, well-resourced and successful business model, then contact Mexicali Fresh today.

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