Franchising since 1989, Auntie Anne's expanded into the international market, with its first opening in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1995. The expansion of Auntie Anne's into Canada is the result of a joint venture between Auntie Anne's Inc. and Long Pond Food Services, ULC, a Canadian registered corporation. Long Pond will hold an exclusive license to own and operate Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels across Canada.
Over 20 stores are set to open across Ontario by 2005 and plans for expansion in Western provinces and in the Maritimes are being explored. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to be able to bring Auntie Anne's Pretzels to Canada," says Cox. "We believe that America's favorite pretzel will soon become Canada's favorite pretzel too."
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