| May 20, 2016
Our newest bakery is opening at Park & Tilford in North Vancouver next month! Our latest franchisee, Heather Habib recently decided to take the plunge and open her own COBS Bread bakery after working in the corporate office. Meet Heather and be sure to welcome her to her new bakery on June 8th!
When did you join the COBS Bread family and what inspired you to do so?
I joined the COBS Bread family just over 7 years ago. I started working at the COBS Bread support office, first in the HR department, and more recently as Franchise Manager. The things that initially attracted me to COBS Bread are what also inspired me to want to become a franchisee:
• Fresh Bread. Every. Day. The smell of fresh bread also certainly helps to get me out of bed for those early morning shifts!
• the quality of the products (the fact that our bread is baked from scratch, on-site, each day, with no added preservatives)
• that leftover bread is donated to local charities at the end of each day &
• the strength of the brand, with more than 30 years and over 700 locations worldwide.
COBS Bread is a business that I love and trust, so becoming a franchisee was a natural fit for me. What did you do before working at Cobs? Why COBS Bread? What did you enjoy the most about being a franchise?
I trained and worked as a professional ballerina in the US before returning home to North Vancouver to complete my BBA at Capilano University – focusing my studies on Strategic Human Resource Management.
I grew up in an entrepreneurial family and knew that one day I wanted to own a business. While working at COBS Bread, it was always at the back of my mind to one day become a franchisee. So when the opportunity to open a new COBS Bread in my local community became available – I just knew that I had to jump on it!
I feel lucky to be able to continue working with my colleagues – now just from the other side, receiving excellent support.
I look forward to being able to provide amazing service, quality products and employment in my local community. To top it off, I get to work with my family, in a business that I love – it doesn’t get much better than that. Which charities will your bakery donate end of day products to?
Currently, we will be donating to the St. Andrew’s United Church, for their ‘Sharing Abundance Lunches’. We are still looking for additional charities to donate to – if you are interested, please feel free to reach out for more info. How are you planning on getting involved in the community?
Having grown up in North Vancouver, I plan to immerse myself and give back to the local community as much as possible. All proceeds from our first day of trade will be donated to help fund the development of a new youth mental health unit in the local area. Located in Lions Gate Hospital’s HOpe Centre
, this unit will address a critical gap in care for youth aged 13 to 18 years with mental health and substance use challenges. This will be the first unit of its kind in British Columbia.
Moving forward, we also plan to partner up with local childcare centers, schools and other organizations in the area to offer Dough raisers. Through this program, we donate a percentage of purchases to the school or club that a customer mentions when they come in. It’s a great way for them to raise funds for their programs and we are proud to be able to offer it. Any organizations that are interested in participating, again please feel free to reach out for more info.
A little more about the new owners: What do you like to do in your spare time?
My husband and I have two little ones, our son Lewis (affectionately known by his little sister as ‘Bewbis’) is 5 years old and our daughter Simone (affectionately known by her older brother as ‘My baby’) is 2, so life is pretty busy! Any available spare time is spent as a family, trying, albeit mostly unsuccessfully, to keep up with the endless energy of the kiddies (affectionately known by their daddy as the ‘Lil monsters’).
Be sure to visit Heather at her new COBS Bread Park & Tilford bakery in North Vancouver. Join them for Community Day on June 8, when all proceeds will go to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation HOpe Centre.