Auntie Anne’s, the franchisor of the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain, projects to open 120 stores in 2011, of which over 60 will be in the United States. The franchise is also positioned to hit its 23rd year of positive total system sales growth.
Auntie Anne’s locations can be found in malls, outlet centers, and “non-traditional venues” including colleges and universities and transportation sites such as airports, train stations, and travel plazas. In the last year, the company opened nine locations in “non-traditional” venues with 13 more under development.
The company is currently seeking aspiring entrepreneurs who want to serve up fresh, hand-rolled gourmet pretzels as a rewarding business venture for new locations in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Key countries targeted for international expansion include Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Vietnam, China, and Japan, home to the highest grossing Auntie Anne’s in the world.