Global Franchise Group Opens Co-Branded Great American Cookies® & Marble Slab Creamery® Store At University Of South Carolina

May 14th 2014



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Franchise Partner Gerri Fields Opens QSR Campus Concept

COLUMBIA, SC - May 14, 2013 - Global Franchise Group, LLC is pleased to announce its partnership with the University of South Carolina (USC) for a co-branded Great American Cookies® and Marble Slab Creamery® establishment in the Russell House University Union on USC's campus. This flagship co-branded store located in Russell House student union building offers treats to both students and faculty. Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.

"College campuses are the perfect target audience for our brands," said John Barber, chief development officer, Global Franchise Group. "Our co-branded Russell House location not only offers a wide variety of fresh made products, but Cookie Cakes and ice cream cakes are also available for on campus celebrations.

Gerri Fields, franchise partner and owner of the Russell House location, said: "Our co-branded store has proved to be a successful new franchise venture - sales have surpassed expectations and are continuing along that trend. We are pleased that Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery are showing success at the University of South Carolina portfolio."

Approximately 30,000 students attend The University of South Carolina, which for decades has received annual recognition for its prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs.

About Great American Cookies®
Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 35 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Chile, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

About Marble Slab Creamery®
Marble Slab Creamery, a leading purveyor of chef created super-premium hand-mixed ice cream and the innovator of the frozen slab technique, was founded in 1983. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is fresh made in small batches in store using dairy from local farms and flavor ingredients from around the world. Today, Marble Slab Creamery is enjoyed by consumers across the globe with locations in Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Guam, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Oman, Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and the United States.

About Global Franchise Group, LLC
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes four quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery® and Pretzelmaker®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

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