Great American Cookies® Announces Expansion Of Stores In Puerto Rico

March 27th 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HARRISON & SHRIFTMAN CONTACTS: MEDIA INQUIRIES Annelisa Sichel / / 305.534.0008 Chris Maggio / / 917.351.8630 GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES® ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF STORES IN PUERTO RICO Global Franchise Group Expands Brand in New Market with Proven Multi-Unit Operator ATLANTA - March 27, 2013 - Global Franchise Group, LLC announced today the expansion of Great American Cookies® in Puerto Rico with multi-unit operators Dan Margolis, Carol Margolis and Wilson Castillo of A.M.A. Pretzels International, LLP. Great American Cookies is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group. A.M.A. Pretzels International, LLP opened two Great American Cookies stores, along with four other of their portfolio stores within a 100 day period, demonstrating the ease of the business models operations and build-out demands for multi-unit operators. The Great American Cookies stores are located in Plaza Carolina in Carolina, Puerto Rico as well as Plaza Rio Hondo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. "Global Franchise Group is thrilled to have such outstanding multi-unit franchisees expand the Great American Cookies brand in Puerto Rico," said Global Franchise Group Chief Development Officer, John Barber. "Our business is optimal for a multi-unit operator who is looking to diversify their portfolio with a number one brand in category, turn-key operations and strong franchisor support services." "Customers love the fresh-baked concept of Great American Cookies in Puerto Rico and we are already seeing tremendous success," says Dan Margolis, Chairman of A.M.A. Pretzels International, LLP. "Great American Cookies has the perfect recipe for multi-unit success - high quality products, simple operating model, a strong recognizable brand and a destination driving Cookie Cake business." Great American Cookies continues to expand the brand both domestically and internationally with locations across the globe including Bahrain, Guam, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, United States and Puerto Rico. 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, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 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 five quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® and Pretzel Time®. 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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