Corner Bakery Cafe

Staying True to Your Roots

“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 Opens Fifth Store in Philadelphia Market

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.

Millenial Consumers Rank Their Top Chains

Millennials are unique. They communicate differently, are self-expressive, confident, liberal, upbeat, and open to change. But marketing to them can be a challenge.

This group (ages 19-34) has a distinct perspective on dining occasions, placing more value on attributes like social responsibility, sustainability, local, and organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free offerings. They foster emotional connections to brands and their loyalty stems beyond experience. 

Corner Bakery Café Expands in Florida, New Jersey

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.

“Dine Out for No Kid Hungry” Raises $2.4 Million in 2011

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most successful cause-related restaurant-marketing programs, announces that restaurants across the country and their customers raised nearly $2.4 million last year in the fight against childhood hunger.

Turn the Corner This Year with Some Help from Corner Bakery

After a season of sweet treats, savory snacks, and hearty comfort foods, it can be a challenge switching to less-indulgent, healthier options in the New Year. To help guests put the flavor back in healthy living, Corner Bakery Cafe introduced a Facebook program inviting fans to kick off the New Year by committing to a healthier lifestyle and pledging to “Turn the Corner” in 2012.

Corner Bakery Café Enters Northern California

Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe announced a new area development agreement signaling the brand’s first entry into Northern California.

Franchise partner Buon Hospitality is led by industry veteran Sam Hirbod, CEO and president of Pacific Convenience & Fuels LLC, a well-established franchising company that operates more than 500 fuel, restaurant, and convenience businesses in seven states.

Awards Highlight Best Human Capital Practices in 2011

People Report and sister company Black Box Intelligence announced the winners of the 2011 Best Practices awards, presented in front of 250 restaurant executives at the annual Best Practices Conference. The winners represent best in class for their human capital practices in their segment in the dining industry. The winners are McDonald’s, Eat’n Park Restaurants, Logan’s Roadhouse, and The Cheesecake Factory.

Corner Bakery Cafe Keeps Cooking in Texas

Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe announced its most recent franchise deal to bring seven new locations to the South Texas region in less than five years. This new deal with restaurateur Bernardo Castillon brings the total number of planned franchise locations up to 45 in a state that already boasts 23 company-owned and franchised Corner Bakery Cafe locations.

Castillon’s first cafe will open in McAllen, Texas, in 2012, with six additional locations planned for Corpus Christi, Laredo, Brownsville, and Harlingen.

Fruit Blooms on Menus

As consumers increasingly seek healthy, great-tasting food, it seems that more chefs and restaurant operators are looking to fruit as a perfect ingredient for menu items.

The health benefits are obvious. Most fruit is low in fat, sodium, and calories; full of vitamins and minerals; and has no cholesterol. It also provides natural sweetness.

Fruit has been part of limited-service restaurants’ menus for decades, mostly in desserts or in beverages like orange juice or strawberry milkshakes. Now it’s expanding.