Bruegger’s Enterprises announced a new development agreement with business partners Vish, Hitesh, Nick, and BJ Patel and their company Virginia Bagels to open six bakeries in Virginia Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods. The new franchisee group joins a growing family of more than 300 bakeries in 26 states and Canada.
Bruegger’s Bagels announced the first ever “Skinny Bagel,” with the same taste and texture as a classic bagel, but with 100 fewer calories.
Timothy’s World Coffee announced expansion efforts into the U.S., with the opening of a café at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The decision comes at a time of significant growth for Vermont-based Bruegger’s Enterprises Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Threecaf Brands, which operates Timothy’s cafés.
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Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson
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Starting Nov. 17, Bruegger’s will offer its guests just what they need to beat the chill on a crisp winter day. The bakery operator, with 300 locations in 26 states, will reintroduce two favorites for a limited time only - a lunch combination of its Four Cheese and Tomato Panini and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup, and its indulgent Cinnamon Roll Bagel.
Chain's store and menu changes—which it hopes to eventually take brand-wide—debut in one of Bruegger's first markets: the Triangle region of North Carolina.