Auntie Anne's

Auntie Anne’s Promotes Okey M. Reese to Executive Team

Auntie Anne’s Inc., franchisor of the hand-rolled soft pretzel chain, announced the addition of Okey M. Reese to the executive team. Reese, who has been with Auntie Anne’s since 2010, has been promoted to vice president of real estate.

In this position, Reese will oversee the leasing, specialty retail, and franchise sales departments. His responsibilities will include the strategic oversight of identifying new growth opportunities throughout the U.S., strengthening developer partnerships, and assisting franchise partners in all aspects of the real estate process.

Auntie Anne's Honors Suppliers for Contributions

Auntie Anne's recently honored its leading national suppliers and supplier representatives for their dedication to the growth and prosperity of the company.

Recognized as Outstanding Suppliers of the Year were Sensient Flavors, Dairy Farmers of America, and Bagcraft Papercon. The three suppliers were selected for their commitment to providing quality products, competitive pricing, as well as timely and professional customer service to Auntie Anne’s franchise partners.

Auntie Anne’s Continues Growth in Nontraditional Venues

Auntie Anne's continues its growth in nontraditional venues with the grand opening of a new location at the Maryland House Travel Plaza along I-95 in Hartford County, Maryland.

The grand opening, which occurred in January, also marks a new milestone for the iconic pretzel franchise: the first store with partner Areas USA. It’s anticipated that Auntie Anne’s and Areas USA will open two additional locations together in 2014.

Lights, Camera, Franchise

Outside a new Memphis-area Wingstop, a small crowd of locals gathers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening. The restaurant looks like most others in the Texas-based brand’s portfolio—a modest sign with a signature dark green sans serif type protrudes from a beige concrete exterior, aviation paraphernalia reminiscent of the ’30s and ’40s brings an air of nostalgia to the interior, and the menu boasts a selection of classic and boneless wings with 11 different sauce options.

Promise for the Future

Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students.

Fifty teens at the brand’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum held in early November at Disney World embraced a hands-on, learning-rich experience, digging deep to understand concrete concepts such as labor laws, OSHA standards, and whether franchises can be purchased by store or territories.

Some Brands Appeal More to Vets

Image Credit: Franchise Business Review

Franchising is good business for America’s war veterans—one in seven franchises is owned by a veteran, according to data from the International Franchise Association. The quick-serve industry is home to a good portion of those former military personnel, and a recent survey by the Franchise Business Review sheds light on which brands do the most for veterans.