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.
Forget the age-old stereotype of teens being more interested in schlep than success. Auntie Anne’s corporate executives and franchise partners have seen first-hand that there is promising business potential in today’s high-school students.
Fifty teens at the brand’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum held in early November at Disney World embraced a hands-on, learning-rich experience, digging deep to understand concrete concepts such as labor laws, OSHA standards, and whether franchises can be purchased by store or territories.
The morning meal has long been a key element of some limited-service restaurants, and it’s no surprise that the number of operators entering this daypart continues to grow, as owners look to boost their revenues and build customer loyalty.
Technomic has announced the winners of the 2014 Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Awards, which are based on consumer responses to the research and consulting firm's ongoing brand study.