Auntie Anne’s Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels is a quick-food restaurant that specializes in pretzels, dipping sauces and drinks. Auntie Anne’s is the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise and is known for its signature in-store baking process, which results in irresistibly fresh, hot pretzels, perfect for dipping in a variety of sauces. Auntie Anne’s offers up to 12 varieties of pretzels, in locations situated in malls, outlet centers, transportation hubs, college campuses, and non-traditional shopping and entertainment venues.
Full Franchise Information
Auntie Anne’s is a business model proven through its increasing domestic sales, average net of company-wide store sales, and continued growth in number of units in operation. Auntie Anne’s fosters respectful and rewarding relationships between franchisees and corporate office employees. For those and many other reasons, Auntie Anne’s has been ranked a Number One food franchise by Franchise Business Review and named one of the 50 Top Franchises for Minorities by the National Minority Franchising Initiative. Auntie Anne’s is seeking franchisees for territories in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Missouri.
Auntie Anne’s Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels Franchise Opportunities – History
Auntie Anne’s was founded in 1988 when Anne Belier bought a market stand in Downington, Pennsylvania and began selling her Original Pretzel, with lemonade. She began franchising the following year, opening a location in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and another in Lancaster, Pa. By 1991, Auntie Anne’s had served 4 million pretzels from 90 different locations in 12 different states. By 2003, Auntie Anne’s has more than 700 locations, including more than 100 international stores. The company has gone through two ownership changes, when the founders sold it to their son, Sam Beiler, and in 2010, when Sam Beiler sold Auntie Anne’s to FOCUS Brands, the current owner.
Auntie Anne’s Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels Franchise Cost / Initial Investment / Auntie Anne’s Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels Franchise Income
The franchise fee for Auntie Anne’s Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels is $30,000, with a total estimated investment ranging from $197,875 to $364,100. A 7% royalty fee on gross monthly receipts is paid to the company.
Auntie Anne’s Hand-rolled Soft Pretzels Business Opportunities: Other Information
Auntie Anne’s has always cultivated a culture of charitable giving and philanthropy, with initiatives like Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research, prevention and treatment. In 2011, Auntie Anne’s donated more than $5,500 to Precious Children Home. Also in 2011, Auntie Anne’s launched a fundraising program called Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Pocket.