Corner Bakery Cafe, the fast-casual bakery cafe known for its ingredient-inspired menu, made fresh to order for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and catering for any occasion, has announced expansion plans for Portland, Oregon; Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota; and Orlando, Florida.
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Franchise and restaurant veteran Gary Price, with more than two decades of experience in senior management positions for leading hospitality and franchise organizations, has been named president of Corner Bakery Cafe.
Price, who will be responsible for overall strategy and growth, joins Corner Bakery Cafe as the rapidly expanding fast-casual brand plans to double its footprint in the U.S. over the next four years through a combination of franchised and company-owned cafes.
Corner Bakery Cafe, the rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant franchise, has added Nick Booras and Gregg Koffler as directors of franchise sales.
Booras and Koffler are the latest to join the company's growing development sales team in support of Corner Bakery's plans to double its footprint in the U.S. over the next four years.
Earlier this year, hospitality industry veteran Jonathan Benjamin was hired as vice president of franchise sales to spearhead the chain's aggressive expansion plans.
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One of the most anticipated menu items at Corner Bakery Café, the BBLT, is back for a limited time. The Bacon-Bacon-Local Tomato sandwich has double the bacon and is paired with seasonal, fresh tomatoes.
Each summer Corner Bakery Cafe finds the biggest, reddest, roundest tomatoes from local growers, slices them up and stacks six thick-cut slices of applewood smoked bacon on top of crisp lettuce, spread with CBC’s Cracked Pepper Balsamic Mayo on Mom’s white toast.
Chefs recommend pairing it with Corner Bakery Cafe’s delicious Arugula Salad for a fresh summer combo.
“Growth has killed many brands.”
Those words, from Corner Bakery Café’s CEO Mike Hislop, sum up a problem that several quick-serve CEOs face: Expanding a business is a natural desire for most executives, but growing it beyond one or two stores without compromising its authentic, personable branding often proves to be difficult.
But some CEOs, including Hislop, have figured out how to balance growth with a consistent, brand-wide personality.
Corner Bakery Cafe is ready to “Feed the Day” in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, with a new cafe opening on June 6.
Whether it’s to discover the made-to-order Anaheim Scrambler for breakfast, the signature Chicken Pomodori Panini for lunch, the mouthwatering Pesto Cavatappi for dinner, or a slice of bakery fresh Cinnamon Creme Cake for dessert, Bala Cynwyd neighbors are invited to check out the newest location in the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center, 153 East City Ave.
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Corner Bakery Cafe has signed an agreement with Yum & Chill Restaurant Group to bring 30 locations to Florida and New Jersey over the next five to seven years. Plans call for 20 cafes in New Jersey and 10 cafes in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market.
The new restaurants will help boost the local economy in those states by adding more than 1,200 jobs locally.
Growth will be focused in Northern and Central New Jersey, as well as Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties in Florida.