Franchise OpportunityJoin The Family
When you own an OPA! restaurant, you’re part of one of Canada’s fastest growing restaurant chains, and you get all the support and experience that comes with it. Joining OPA! is like discovering the big Greek family you never knew you had, only this one keeps customers coming back for delicious food, made fast and fresh.
Meet Fatima & Klaus
Franchisees at SmartCentre Kenaston, Winnipeg
From staff members to franchisees, our people are the foundation of the OPA! story. People like Fatima and Klaus have made OPA! a household name in Winnipeg. With an uncompromising commitment to quality and service, Fatima and Klaus help bring smiles to happy customers everyday and are the heart of the OPA! experience
"The word OPA! is used in Greek culture to express JOY."
When OPA! opened its first restaurant in 1998, the idea was simple: change the “fast food” experience by offering delicious, wholesome Mediterranean cuisine with outstanding customer service. By using high-quality ingredients to make classic Greek dishes, we brought something new to the world of quick-service restaurants.
Nearly 20 years later, OPA! has grown from a single restaurant in Calgary’s Market Mall to a national chain with over 90 locations across Canada. Today OPA! is one of the most highly recognized and widely loved restaurant brands in the country. As we continue to grow, OPA! franchisees deliver on our original promise of great Greek food—and an exceptional experience for our customers.
Get in on the growth
With nearly 20 years in business and over 90 locations across Canada, OPA! is perfectly positioned for growth. Act now to take advantage of one of these amazing business opportunities.
We currently have high-potential franchise opportunities available in these key territories:
- Vancouver, BC
- Edmonton, AB
- Lloydminister, AB
- Camrose, AB
- Calgary, AB
- Halifax, NS
- St John's, NL
- Lethbridge, AB
- Saskatoon, SK
- Prince Albert, SK
- Winnipeg, MB
- Ottawa, ON
- Saint John, NB
- Toronto & Greater Toronto Area, ON
OPA! is Canada’s undisputed leader in quick-service Mediterranean food. Our menu is packed full of original recipes that combine simple, high-quality ingredients in unexpectedly delicious ways. And we serve our dishes exactly how our customers want them — fast and fresh, with a variety of tasty options for sides and salads.
Signature Menu Items
Grilled Meat Skewers
Marinated and grilled souvlaki skewers of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, shrimp or gyro (pronounced “year-o,” gyro is a distinctly Greek mix of beef, lamb and spices).
Savoury souvlaki or gyro wrapped in warm pita bread, drizzled with our signature tzatziki sauce, and garnished with a choice of red onions, tomatoes, romaine lettuce. fresh jalapeno peppers and feta cheese.
An irresistible Mediterranean staple, OPA!’s original tzatziki is a tangy, refreshing dip that blends garlic and cucumbers with a hint of lemon.
Signature sides for every palate, including pita wedges, roasted Greek potatoes, crispy OPA! fries, spanakopita, hummus and rice pilaf.
Two signature salads: Greek and Caesar, made fast and fresh with quality veggies and original OPA! dressings.
Featuring flaky layers of pastry with a crunchy-sweet filling of honey, almond and walnut, baklava puts a perfectly sweet finish on any OPA! meal.
Why Choose Opa!
OPA! is the fastest-growing quick service Mediterranean franchise in the country and every location is set up for success. Here’s why:
- Customers keep coming back for our simple, delicious food and exceptional customer service
- As a franchisee you can count on us every step of the way—from help selecting a high-profile location through to serving your first skewer and beyond
Are you looking for a great business opportunity? Do have a passion for great food with an equal passion for customer service? If so, your future looks bright with OPA!
The Next Local Hotspot
OPA! franchisees are supported by our location experts, who carefully analyze population density, proximity to parking, visibility and pedestrian access to ensure your business is set up in the best possible location. We provide a turnkey operation that includes negotiating a favourable lease agreement on your behalf.
OPA! has two general store types that share one key feature: they’re in places where people gather. From food court locations in malls and airports to larger street front units in popular districts, OPA! capitalizes on busy areas where our fresh food is sure to stand out.
400-500 square foot units located in:
- Mixed-use and office buildings
- Universities and colleges
- Recreation centres, arenas and stadiums
1,200-1,400 square foot unit that is typically located in:
- Regional and community shopping centres
- Big box centres
- High profile street locations
- Central business districts
Make it happen
Interested in owning your own OPA! franchise? Your roadmap to a bright future starts here. Here's how the process works:
Request an ApplicationTo get the process started, simply fill out our application package and you'll be on your way. This form provides us with the information we need to help you succeed as an OPA! franchisee.
Download Application Form
Chat With UsAfter we've had a chance to review your application, we'll be in touch to discuss the franchise process with you. In the meantime, if you have any questions, our world class support system is here to help. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
Meeting TimeOnce we've contacted you to talk about your application, we'll set up a face-to-face meeting to start developing a customized franchise plan that's right for you. This visit will provide you with an overview of OPA! franchise details like support, marketing, training and financials.
Choose a LocationAt this stage we'll work with you to determine the best available location in your preferred market. Our real estate experts will help ensure that your OPA! store is well situated for success.
Get StartedIf your application is successful, it's time to start building! Our construction experts will provide all the support you need to get your store ready and open for business.
Grand OpeningCongratulations, your OPA! is up and running! With a great team of people including a dedicated representative for your region, we're here to provide best-in-class operational and marketing support to help you on your way.
We're In this Together
When you join the OPA! family, we provide world-class support before you even make your first skewer—and well beyond. Our franchise support system ensures that you’re set up for success.
Store SetupWe provide a turnkey operation that includes finding a high-potential location, negotiating the lease, designing your restaurant and managing contractors.
OperationsRefined operations mean profitable franchises. OPA!’s Regional Management Team educates and trains franchisees to ensure they’re confident that they know how to meet our standards for quality, value, cleanliness and customer service.
Product DevelopmentWe’re constantly working on new ways to keep customers coming back to every OPA! location. That means testing and developing new products for your store.
Procurement & Supply ChainOur purchasing power gives you access to high quality ingredients at the lowest possible cost, without having to negotiate with suppliers. And they’ll be shipped directly to you when you need them.
TrainingOur intensive 3-week initial training program teaches you the foundations of running a store, from service through to recruitment. After that, you’ll have access to ongoing mentorship, coaching and support from managers who know your region.
MarketingOPA!’s collective advertising program ensures maximum impact for every store. From in-store signage and seasonal promotions to national campaigns, our marketing program keeps your business at the front of your customers’ minds.
OPA! is the proud recipient of the Franchisees’ Choice Designation, awarded to outstanding franchisors at the annual Canadian Franchise Association Awards. Under the program, franchisees are surveyed to evaluate the performance of franchisors. The results determine best-in-class franchisors. We work hard to build and maintain great relationships with our franchisees, and we’ve shifted our focus in recent years toward increasing existing restaurant sales and profitability, as opposed to growing via expansion. So while we’re not in this for awards, it’s nice to be recognized!
By The Numbers
Start Up Costs
OPA!’s initial franchise fee is $25,000 and total start-up investment can be as low as $275,000. Lenders generally require a minimum of $125,000 in liquid capital to qualify for bank financing. See below for estimates of your required investment:
Food Court Model
|Initial Franchise Fee||$25,000|
Street Front Model
|Initial Franchise Fee||$25,000|
6% of sales, paid monthly
Advertising Fund Contribution
4% of sales, paid monthly
OPA! has knowledge and experience with The Canadian Small Business Financing Program, developed by Industry Canada. It’s available through financial institutions in Canada. This program was developed specifically to fund small businesses and is ideal for franchises. OPA! will review with you in detail the bank financing process involved and help you prepare to meet with a bank.
Canadian Small Business Financing requirements:
- equipment, leaseholds and fixtures used as collateral
- maximum financing of $350,000
- cannot exceed a 2:1 debt to equity ratio
- can be amortized for typically a 7-year term
- can be retired early without penalty
- limited to a 25% personal guarantee of the original loan amount
- 2% registration fee of the total loan amount, which can be financed
The amount of financing available is dependent upon the bank’s policies, the applicant's credit rating, net worth, relationship with the bank and other factors. But don’t worry—we’ll help you figure it out.
Think Opa! Might be Right for you?
We’d love to chat.
Simply submit a completed OPA! franchise application for each business partner. Your franchise application is confidential and there’s no obligation if you change your mind.