Restaurant redesigns and renovations are a big undertaking for quick-serve brands and often involve a certain level of risk. But renovations are also increasingly appealing for operators looking to improve their store design and environment and the financial benefits that might come with it. Through a redesign, brands have an opportunity to strengthen their connection with customers, and a forward-thinking plan can ensure operators get the most out of the transition.
Auntie Anne’s recently announced the launch of a robust loyalty program. Currently one of the few primarily mall-based quick-service brands in the loyalty space, Auntie Anne’s partnered with MICROS Systems Inc. and mobile app development company Qubop Inc. to introduce “My Pretzel Perks” mobile loyalty app.
A cruise ship on the Rhine River in Germany.
The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
A Toys“R”Us in Manhattan.
The Camp Pendleton military base near San Diego.
The facts are startling. One in every 330 children develops cancer before the age of 20. Auntie Anne’s is continuing the fight against childhood cancer by teaming up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation with the goal of funding 10,000 hours of research to find cures for the mini but mighty fighters battling cancer.
I guess I was 14 when I first got into the restaurant business. My father owned nine Wendy’s down in north-central Florida, and when I would go visit him in the summer, I would work in the restaurants. I still have my first paycheck framed in my office. I think it was for $84.
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 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 Pretzels, the 1,540-unit franchise, announced the release of a new store prototype that will incorporate the look and feel of a home kitchen with warmer tones, prominent brand messaging, and enhanced equipment.
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.
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.