Corner Bakery Cafe

The Growth 40

The best large, medium, and small markets for your unit expansion.

Large US cities like Miami offer fast food operators promising growth potential.
Miami has recovered from the Great Recession and now offers quick-serve operators plenty of growth potential. / wsfurlan

If this year’s Growth 40 report is any indication, plenty of quick-service brands will soon be following in the footsteps of basketball superstar LeBron James and taking their talents to South Beach.

Miami tops QSR’s fourth annual Growth 40 report, claiming the first spot among the nation’s largest markets, while Austin, Texas, and Palm Springs, California, earn top honors among medium and small markets, respectively.

Corner Bakery Cafe Looks To Further Growth In 2014

Corner Bakery Cafe’s emphasis on multiunit national expansion and partnering with franchise leaders paid off in 2013 with the signing of 12 new area development agreements, adding commitments for more than 120 new cafés and raising the total to more than 300 cafés under development as the company moves forward on its goal to double its U.S. footprint in the next three years.

Corner Bakery Inks Agreements with Existing Partners

Corner Bakery Café announced the company has signed three additional multiunit restaurant development agreements with existing franchise partners to introduce the signature bakery café to Idaho and eastern Washington state, northern Baltimore, and Westchester and Suffolk counties in New York.

The new development commitments will add a total of 18 new cafes.

Healthy Dining Finder Goes Mobile

Healthy Dining Finder's mobile site allows users to view healthful menu options and nutritional information at nearby restaurants. Healthy Dining

As the restaurant industry adapts to smartphones and other mobile technology to meet the needs of on-the-go consumers, one company is making it easier to digitally wade through endless dining options with nutrition and health at top of mind.

Corner Bakery Expands Portfolio with Atlanta Airport Unit

Corner Bakery Cafe celebrated the opening of three new locations inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, as the fast-casual chain begins targeting nontraditional venues as part of its overall national expansion strategy.

The new locations at Gates 3 and 13 in Terminal T and Gate 11 in Terminal D are the first Corner Bakery Cafes to open with veteran hospitality operator PhaseNext Hospitality, which has exclusive nontraditional venue development rights in five separate airport environments over the next several years.

Corner Bakery Cafe Inks Multiunit Franchise Deals

Corner Bakery Cafe signed two new multiunit franchise agreements to open new restaurants in Arizona and introduce its first restaurants in Wisconsin beginning in 2014.

The fast-casual brand’s new franchise partners include Blue Mountain Cafes Inc., which plans to open 13 restaurants in Phoenix over the next seven years, and Neo Fourno Inc., which plans to open 10 new restaurants in Madison and Milwaukee over the next five years.

Corner Bakery Honors Franchise Partners

CB Rest Holdings of Boca Raton, Florida, was named Franchise Partner of the Year, while Buon Hospitality of Pleasanton, California, was named Franchise Developer of the Year as Corner Bakery Cafe recognized its top performing franchise partners during the company’s 2013 Franchise Leadership Conference. More than 100 franchisees, operators, and vendors converged for the three-day event held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Just Desserts

Baked desserts aren’t always at the forefront of customers’ dining decisions, but that doesn’t mean they need to be an afterthought. Cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweets have made their way onto menus of all types of limited-service restaurants, giving operators additional sales opportunities during lunch, dinner, and, increasingly, snacking periods.