GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES® FRANCHISEE OPENS 10TH LOCATION IN LAWRENCEVILLE, GA.
ATLANTA - Oct. 23, 2008 – Great American Cookies has announced the opening of a new store in Lawrenceville, Ga. The new Great American Cookies, located in Discover Mills, opened its doors for business on September 11. The store is owned and operated by Darryl Light who currently owns nine other locations, including the very first Great American Cookies store, which opened in Atlanta in 1977. The brand is owned by NexCen Franchise Management, a subsidiary of NexCen Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEXC) ("NexCen"), parent company of Great American Cookies.
"I am thrilled to bring Great American Cookies to the residents of Lawrenceville," said Darryl Light, owner of the new store. "I believe strongly in the brand and its gourmet products and am confident that Great American Cookies will be a welcome addition to the Discover Mills shopping center."
The new store demonstrates Great American Cookies' sustained efforts to expand throughout the country. With their signature cookie cakes and trademark flavors, the brand is a popular staple in malls nationwide, with stores in nearly 300 locations. Additionally, as a participant in the recently added online cookie cake ordering system, the Lawrenceville store makes it even easier for customers to order signature cookie cakes.
"Darryl's new store continues to grow the brand as well as his personal portfolio to an impressive ten stores," said Chris Dull, president of NexCen Franchise Management. "The opening demonstrates Darryl's confidence in the brand and increases the vast number of multi-unit operators within our system."
About Great American Cookies
Great American Cookies was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip cookie recipe. For over 30 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing original cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Made famous by their signature cookie cakes, trademark flavors and menu of gourmet products the brand now leads the mall-based cookie system with nearly 300 locations. Great American Cookies was acquired by NexCen Brands in January 2008, making it the fifth brand in NexCen's quick service restaurant portfolio.
About NexCen Brands, Inc.
NexCen Brands, Inc. is a strategic brand acquisition and management company with a focus on franchised brands. The company franchises, licenses, and markets a portfolio of global brands that includes; The Athlete's Foot®, Bill Blass®, Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker®, Pretzel Time®, Shoebox New York™ and Waverly®. NexCen Franchise Management, a subsidiary of NexCen Brands, supports approximately 1,900 franchised stores in over 50 countries around the world with its experienced brand management, marketing and operations teams.