DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Corner Bakery Cafe today announced plans to open as many as ten new restaurants in Northeast Florida as part of a new multi-unit restaurant franchise agreement with Lee-Wesley Group, LLC.
The group of veteran hospitality operators, which also owns and operates several Panda Express, Burger King, Nathan's Famous, Auntie Anne's and Taco Bell restaurants, plans to open its first restaurant next year. These will be the first Corner Bakery Cafes in the Northeast Florida area.
"The freshness of Corner Bakery Cafe is what excites us about the concept," said Camille Lee-Johnson, executive vice president of Lee-Wesley Group, LLC. "We feel the brand easily appeals to communities, and that's an important core value for us. We also appreciate what sets the brand apart from other fast-casual restaurants is the quality and freshness of the food."
Currently, the fast-casual brand has franchise agreements for a total of almost 300 cafes, as the company moves forward on its goal to more than double its U.S. footprint in the next three to four years. Much of the rapid growth can be attributed to Corner Bakery Cafe's emphasis on multi-unit national expansion and commitment to partnering with respected franchise leaders and operators in the restaurant industry who bring value and expertise to the brand.
"We're excited to bring our first cafes to Northeast Florida," said Gregg Koffler, Vice President of Franchise Sales for Corner Bakery Cafe. "The Jacksonville area is the perfect place for each new restaurant to quickly become a favorite gathering place for local families and friends. As a leading brand in the fastest growing segment of the restaurant industry, there is no question that Corner Bakery Cafe has an advantage with *$2.3 million AAVs and outstanding unit level economics."
Corner Bakery Cafe's made-to-order menu features hot breakfast scramblers, signature paninis and sandwiches, homemade soups, hand-tossed salads, pastas and indulgent sweets while providing a place to gather with family and friends. With more than 150 company-owned and franchised locations in 14 states and Washington, D.C., Corner Bakery Cafe provides a robust, best-in-class catering platform, presenting fresh food perfectly packaged for delivery or pick up.
More information on Corner Bakery Cafe franchise business opportunities is available at www.CornerBakeryCafe.com/Franchise.aspx.
About Corner Bakery Cafe
Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests in 14 states and Washington, D.C. Established in 1991, Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants are owned and operated by CBC Restaurant Corp. with more than 150 company-owned and franchised locations around the country. Founded on a philosophy of creating a place for people to relax and gather with family and friends, Corner Bakery Cafe offers a casual atmosphere featuring innovative, seasonal menu options ranging from hot breakfasts and signature paninis to handcrafted salads, sandwiches and mouthwatering sweets. Offering dine-in, to-go and catering service for any occasion, Corner Bakery Cafe delivers a premier bakery cafe experience in the heart of neighborhoods everywhere. Corner Bakery Cafe was acquired in 2011 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in business and consumer service companies with attractive growth prospects and revenues ranging from $20 million to $1.0 billion. More information on Corner Bakery Cafe franchise opportunities is available at www.CornerBakeryCafe.com/Franchise.aspx.
*$2.3M AAV represents the average for the 83 company-owned cafes that have been in operation for at least 18 months, as disclosed in Item 19 of the 2013 Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Individual financial performance will vary. A copy of the FDD is available by contacting Franchising@CornerBakeryCafe.com.
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