Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels, best known for its hand-rolled soft pretzels, will officially open its first China franchise in Beijing by hosting a free pretzel kickoff event on Saturday, October 18, 2008. The store in Beijing brings the chain’s worldwide presence to over 950 locations in 19 countries.

Auntie Anne’s, which is located at the Xin Zhong Guan (The Gate) mall in the Haidian district is providing one free pretzel to every guest on Saturday, Oct. 18 between the hours of 2 to 6pm. In addition to the free pretzels, there are a variety of other activities for individuals to participate in.

Children can learn the art of pretzel making by hands-on practice guided by rolling experts. Become a coffee connoisseur by taking a coffee appreciation class and discovering the distinguished flavor of Auntie Anne’s coffee. Discover ways to help make positive changes in the community by joining in activities led by Roots & Shoots – Auntie Anne’s China’s community partner.