Corner Bakery Cafe looks to expand in New Jersey

by Eric Schroeder
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DALLAS — CBC Restaurant Corp. announced it has partnered with New Jersey Corner Foods L.L.C. to develop Corner Bakery Cafe concepts in the New Jersey area. Corner Bakery, which has 99 restaurants across the country, has seen rapid expansion since launching its strategic franchise development program at the end of 2006.

"Over the past several years, we’ve invested heavily in new systems and product innovation that provides best-in-class dining experience for our guests," said Mike Hislop, chairman and chief executive officer of CBC Restaurant Corp. "After completing our 20th straight quarter of positive comp sales and holding the highest average annual sales volume ($2.2 million) of any national bakery cafe brand, we’re in a position to move our franchise program forward at an aggressive pace, with the right partners.

"We have found one such partner in New Jersey Corner Foods and its president, Charles Alario. The dedication he has shown to his existing restaurants promises to provide Corner Bakery Cafe with a strong foundation for success in the New Jersey market."

Mr. Alario and his wife, Janet, own and operate seven Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and four Golden Corral restaurants throughout New Jersey. His franchise company, New Jersey Corner Foods, plans to add 11 new Corner Bakery Cafes in the Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties of New Jersey within the next five years.

"I first stepped into a Corner Bakery Cafe more than a year ago in downtown Chicago after seeing their catering vans virtually everywhere I looked," Mr. Alario said. "I became transfixed by every aspect of the restaurant — from the loyalty of the guests and the friendly, neighborhood atmosphere to the fresh, innovative menu. Since fast-casual dining is one of the fastest-growing segments in the restaurant industry today, I knew that the Corner Bakery brand and business model would perfectly complement our portfolio."

In June, CBC Restaurant Corp. partnered with The Rose Group as a new franchise partner. The Rose Group plans to add 25 new Corner Bakery Cafe restaurants in the Philadelphia and South New Jersey area in coming years.

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