Smart Business Network:

Having enjoyed steady growth since Mike Hislop took the helm as CEO in 2006, Corner Bakery Cafe is now hitting the accelerator harder. The company has set its sights on doubling its footprint over the next four years. It’s a big undertaking that presents plenty of challenges, but Hislop is setting Corner Bakery on a course to achieve its goals by attacking the obstacles one by one.

“We’re looking to double the size of the brand pretty quickly, and we decided that in order to do that, we would have to get more heavily into franchising,” Hislop says. “We actually started franchising about four years ago, but up to this point, most of our growth has come from opening company-owned stores.”

Corner Bakery has 134 restaurants across the country… read on.