From kitchen gadgets to limited edition collectibles of fine porcelain, The Liv Canada Gift Group is the largest gift chain in Canada. Every major city now either has a Panhandler, Rafters, Abington's, or Rafter's Home Store; some cities have a combination of all 4 concepts. From coast to coast across Canada, these exciting franchise concepts are rapidly becoming a household name.
Our parent company Franchise Bancorp owns the Liv Canada Gift Group and was founded by E.K. Loyst, a former advertising executive, in 1968. Franchise Bancorp has 35 years of success with the buying power of 117 stores and over $60 million in combined network sales. They currently own the following companies: Living Lighting, Global Pet Foods and Liv Canada Gift Group. The first chain started by Loyst was Living Lighting, selling residential lamps and chandeliers.
The gift store division was created in 1974, with one little test store in Hamilton, Ontario called "The Panhandler Shoppe". It specialized in kitchen gadgets. Today the gift store division has grown to over 60 stores and merchandise includes kitchen accessories, as well as hundreds of unique gift ideas and several exclusive brands. "Christmas Stuffins" by Cherison, the "Laurel" Collection by Seagull Pewter and a complete line of cottons named "Loon Lake Weaver" imported by Index.
Are you looking for a tremendous franchise opportunity in the constantly growing Home Décor/Giftware industry? We have immediate locations available across Canada starting at $140,000. We offer unprecedented support to all of our franchise owners while encouraging them to personalize their business for their market.
In North America, the gift and home décor industry is growing rapidly and is estimated to be over $100 billion dollars annually.
There is always a reason for shopping in Rafters - birthdays, weddings, showers, anniversaries, housewarmings, and more. Rafters Home Stores offers a wide array of beautiful gifts and home décor products for everyone.
As a Rafters Home Store owner you are part of a large company. Volume buying enables you to compete and succeed in this rapidly growing market. Professional in-store promotions offer excellent value to your customers. An experienced team comprising franchisees and home office staff selects merchandise for our superb, full-colour flyers which are produced throughout the year by our home office for you to distribute in your market.