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Auntie Anne’s recognized several franchisees for exceeding the “Pretzel Perfect” standard

LANCASTER, Pa., 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchisor, recently recongnized several franchisees for exceeding the “Pretzel Perfect” standard.

Earlier this summer, Auntie Anne’s presented prestigious awards to franchise owners and stores across the country to recognize their hard work and dedication to the Auntie Anne’s system. The iconic pretzel brand presented awards in three categories: franchisee of the year, charitable giving, and store operations. A total of 30 awards were presented.

Auntie Anne’s, Inc. awarded three franchisees with a top honor in the system: Franchisee of the Year Award – Karen Harrison of Rochester, New York, Texas Pretzels, Inc. of Lantana, Texas, and Double P Corporation of Chicago, Illinois. The franchisees received this award for their significant contributions to Auntie Anne’s within the past year.

“It is with great pleasure that we honor our top franchise owners and stores for all of the hard work and dedication that they contribute to the Auntie Anne’s system. Every day they go above and beyond our store expectations and prove to be exemplary individuals in our franchise system,” said Bill Dunn, Group President at FOCUS Brands, Inc. and President of Auntie Anne’s, Inc.

Founded on the principle of giving back, Auntie Anne’s strongly believes in giving back in the community. Not only does Auntie Anne’s have a national partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, but franchise owners are also actively involved with charitable giving within their own communities. Lisa and Jim Fullerton of New Braunfels, Texas and Ray and Lisa McConnell of Wooster, Ohio were acknowledged for their contributions and are the 2014 recipients of the company’s annual charitable giving award.

Recognizing excellence in all facets of store operations, the Pretzel Perfect Store Award is presented to stores that are performing exceptionally well in all aspects of their business throughout the year. To be considered for this award, these stores must demonstrate excellence in sampling, marketing, training, sales maximization, community service, and guest service. Twenty-five stores have achieved the Pretzel Perfect status for the year of 2014.
The following stores recently were recognized with this award:

Coastal Grand Pawley’s Island, S.C.
Myrtle Beach Mall Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Outlet Collection Seattle Auburn, Wash.
Dover Mall Dover, Del.
Merrimack Premium Outlets Merrimack, N.H.
Emerald Square Mall North Attleborough, Mass.
Menlo Park Mall II Edison, N.J.
Broadway Mall Hicksville, N.Y.
Memorial City Mall Houston, Texas
The Galleria Houston, Texas
Visalia Mall Visalia, Calif.
Fashion Fair Mall Fresno, Calif.
Easton Town Center Columbus, Ohio
Mall at Greece Ridge Rochester, N.Y.
Glendale Galleria Glendale, Calif.
Valley Plaza Mall Bakersfield, Calif.
Preferred Outlets at Tulare Tulare, Calif.
Northridge Fashion Center – Upr Lvl Northridge, Calif.
Stonewood Center Downey, Calif.
NorthPark Center Dallas, Texas
Grand Prairie Premium Outlets Grand Prairie, Texas
Garden State Plaza Paramus, N.J.
Westfield Topanga Canoga Park, Calif.
Penn Square Mall Oklahoma City, Okla.
Laurel Mall Hazleton, Pa.


About Auntie Anne’s
At its more than 1,500 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailer’s shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit Auntie Anne’s website, Facebook pageTwitter or YouTube account.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.
Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets.  Please visit to learn more.

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