Burgerfuel is looking to open a franchise in Invercargill.
Invercargill is listed as an available territory on the Burgerfuel website and all that is needed for it to become a reality is a willing franchisee.
Burgerfuel property development manager Ray Urlich said there had been no interest in Invercargill yet.
A franchisee needed enough capital and experience to open a store and would need to liaise with him to find the most suitable site, he said.
A location needed to have enough people within a given radius, and those people had to have a high enough average spend and like eating out, he said.
Burgerfuel went through major internal changes in 2009, including expanding to the Middle East, which meant there was not enough resources to focus on bringing Burgerfuel south, Mr Urlich said. "All of those put the South Island on the back-burner."
An average store in New Zealand costs between $250,000 and $450,000 to build, plus a $35,000 franchise territory fee and $15,000 training fee.
- Ruby Harfield is a Massey University journalism student.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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