Corner Bakery to enter Oregon
by Eric Schroeder
DALLAS — Corner Bakery Cafe has inked a deal with franchise partner NW Ventures, setting the stage for the quick-service restaurant chain’s entrance into Oregon. As the operator of more than 138 Burger King franchises in Oregon and Mexico, as well as two TGI Fridays in Mexico, NW Ventures joins Corner Bakery Cafe as its 32nd franchise partner, with plans to open 12 neighborhood cafes in the state of Oregon and Vancouver, Wash.
“As a leader in the franchising industry, Luis Boyance and NW Ventures exemplifies the ideal partner we look for when growing our brand across the country,” said Gregg Koffler, vice-president of franchise sales for Corner Bakery Cafe. “With Luis’ extensive footprint in Oregon, including 68 Burger King locations, coupled with consumer demand for Corner Bakery Cafe, we know that Luis’ market understanding will drive growth and excitement for the brand as we enter the state of Oregon in 2015.”
According to Technomic, Inc., the $34.5 billion fast-casual restaurant segment is the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry this year. Corner Bakery Cafe also has grown in 2014, with 55 locations currently in development and franchise development commitments for more than 365 additional cafes.