Food franchise opens outlets in Australian Universities

Raw energyFresh food franchise, Raw Energy, has recently opened two stores inside a university on the Sunshine Coast, with plans to venture into more Australian educational institutions.

“Partnering with universities and other educational institutions is something we have been thinking about for a while,” said Raw Energy operations manager, Jay Giles. “So when management at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) approached us, we jumped at the opportunity.”

Raw Energy’s full-menu ‘poolside’ café is located in the sports precinct of the university close to the sports stadium and student gym, while a smaller Raw Energy juice bar, the ‘Bunker,’ operates in the main student area.

“These two stores at USC are a pilot, a stepping stone to potentially bigger things,” said Giles.  “If they are a success we’ll pursue similar partnerships with educational institutions throughout Australia and offer the juice bar as a new franchise option.”

According to Giles, the university’s “youthful demographic was a good fit for their health-focused offering.”

“Raw Energy started on the Sunshine Coast and the university liked that local synergy. They were keen to support local enterprise. They also liked how our menu was fresh, healthy, and wholesome and could be grabbed on the run,” he said.

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