Kat Cole Promoted to President of Cinnabon
Atlanta, GA (January 10, 2011) – FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 3,300 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes, announced today that Kat Cole has been named President of Cinnabon, Inc., the 25-year-old market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries with more than 770 locations worldwide.
Roark Capital Portfolio Company FOCUS Brands® Completes Purchase of Auntie Anne's®
Atlanta, GA (November 8, 2010) – FOCUS Brands, an affiliate of Roark Capital, announced today that it has completed the purchase of Auntie Anne's, the franchisor of the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain. Auntie Anne’s is headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., and has nearly 1,100 stores in 44 states and 21 countries.
Cinnabon Names Kat Cole as Chief Operating Officer
Atlanta, GA (October 20, 2010) – Cinnabon, Inc., the market leader among cinnamon roll bakeries with more than 770 locations worldwide, announced today that Kat Cole has been named Chief Operating Officer. The former Vice President of Training and Development for Hooters of America, Inc. will join Cinnabon to lead the 25-year old franchise organization in achieving maximum Guest satisfaction, efficiency and growth.
Roark Capital Portfolio Company FOCUS Brands® to Acquire Auntie Anne’s®
Atlanta, GA (October 8, 2010) Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, announced today that one of its portfolio companies, FOCUS Brands, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Auntie Anne’s, the franchisor of the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., Auntie Anne’s has nearly 1,100 stores in 44 states and 21 countries. The transaction is expected to close later this fall.
FOCUS Brands Inc.® Names Gary Bales as President of Cinnabon
Atlanta, GA (July 14, 2009) FOCUS Brands Inc., the franchisor and operator of over 2,200 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants and cafes, announced today that Gary Bales will be appointed President of Cinnabon when current president Geoff Hill joins parent company Roark Capital Group as Vice President on January 1, 2010. FOCUS Brands consists of Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Seattle’s Best Coffee® International. Gary will be assuming Geoff’s role in addition to his existing role as President of Carvel.