Industry News | May 15, 2008

Organic To Go Acquires Seattle Café Chain

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Organic To Go (OTCBB:OTGO), the fast-casual café chain that is a certified organic retailer, has acquired a privately held chain of three Seattle quick-serve restaurants from FPO, Inc., which includes Mel’s Market, Joelle’s, and Simon’s. Terms of the purchase, which include cash and stock, were not disclosed.

Founded by Larry J. Hamlin, Mel’s Market has been serving breakfast and lunch in Seattle & Bellevue since 1988 and has earned a reputation for serving "not fast food, but good food delivered quickly." Hamlin will join the Organic To Go team.

Jason R. Brown, founder and CEO of Organic To Go, says, "A key factor in our decision to bring Mel’s, Joelle’s, and Simon’s into the Organic To Go family was not only the opportunity to build upon these successful and highly regarded local operations but to work closely with Larry and his dedicated team. Larry is well respected for his business acumen and has earned a reputation as an innovative consultant and collaborative retailer. I am pleased and proud to have him join us and we all look forward to working together."

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