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Robert Harris Cafés have earned an enviable reputation for their 'blend' of stylish hospitality and professional business systems. When you buy into one of our franchises, you'll be buying into a proven success story. The Robert Harris brand has been synonymous with quality and taste since 1952.

If you're ready to give it your best shot, we'll be there with you every step of the way.


You can open a brand new café, buy one that's already trading, or even bring the Robert Harris Café magic to an existing café. Whether you're looking for a fresh start in a new industry or building on your expertise in the hospitality trade, you'll benefit from our powerful organisation, expert training and national brand awareness.


Today is the day to take the plunge and convert to a Robert Harris Cafe. Why wait? Contact Rod de Lisle our Business Development Manager on 0800 4 BEANS (0800 423 267) or 0274 518 435 for more information.  You can also complete this Robert Harris Café application form.



New franchise opportunities are available in Auckland and Christchurch. We are currently also seeking sites in, Blenheim, Dunedin and Invercargill. 

Do you know of one? Contact us now on 0800 4 BEANS (0800 423 267) or 0274 518 435


It takes a number of crucial factors, all working together, to create a successful café. When you go into business with Robert Harris Café you’ll get the full benefit of our proven systems and national brand awareness.


Read about the accomplishments achieved by Robert Harris Café franchisee owners.


Here are some of the questions we’re often asked by people who are looking at buying a Robert Harris Café franchise.

Not necessarily. While a background in hospitality is handy, some of our most successful franchisees have come from totally different fields. The most important qualities are a passion to succeed and a desire to create a customer-focused business. Then we'll make sure you receive all the training you need to run a great café.

We find that outgoing people with strong communication skills have what it takes to build a popular café business. Recruiting and managing a great team of staff, and making customers feel at home, are absolutely fundamental. In addition, you must have a positive attitude, a desire to learn and a passionate commitment to working within our proven system to deliver great customer service.

Robert Harris Café has worked with top designers and retail experts to refine and develop our café packages. We are committed to creating a state-of-the-art environment in every new café we open. Comfortable modern furnishings, attractive colour schemes and appetising food displays come as standard.

You would. Robert Harris Café franchises are generally owner-operated under the Robert Harris Café Franchise Agreement between the franchisor (UCC Coffee New Zealand Ltd) and the franchisee (you).

Robert Harris Café charges an initial franchise fee, which covers training and set-up costs. Then there are ongoing advertising and group participation fees, calculated on a percentage of your monthly turnover. In addition you will need to provide capital up-front to buy your business, plus a sum of working capital for your first few months of operation. In return, you will receive a turn-key operation, based on our proven formula with all the components necessary for success. Your commitment, plus our desire to see you succeed, creates a win-win scenario for the franchisee and franchisor.

Please note that costs will vary, depending on the size of café you buy and a number of other factors. We will provide a full explanation of costs and capital requirements during a one-to-one discussion about franchises.

Simply call Rod de Lisle on 0800 4 BEANS (0800 423 267) or use the Contact form to send your contact details.

We will set up a meeting to go through the opportunity in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Robert Harris Cafés typically operate seven days a week and a minimum of eight hours a day, with additional late nights for cafes in shopping centres and malls. You'll find that Saturday and Sunday are often the busiest trading days, depending on the location. But as conditions vary by site, trading hours are usually established on a café by café basis, according to the lease.