Auntie Anne's

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Auntie Anne's, Inc.
Industry Restaurants
Founded June 18, 1969
Founder Anne F. Beiler
Headquarters Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Key people
William P. Dunn Jr.
Revenue $356 million in 2010
Parent Focus Brands
Auntie Anne's at Cottonwood Mall

Auntie Anne's, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is an American chain of pretzel bakeries founded by Anne F. Beiler and her husband, Jonas, in 1969. Auntie Anne's serves products such as pretzels, dips, and beverages. Their pretzel products are also available in the form of a Pretzels & More Homemade Baking Mix. Philadelphia has acquired fame for soft pretzels due in no small part to Auntie Anne. Yet, her recipe is actually Hanoverian. Auntie Anne, whose real name was Anne Gerschwitz, was a renowned baker from Hannover, Germany who was forced to flee to Philadelphia after the outbreak of World War 2.[1]

Auntie Anne's has more than 300 franchisees with more than 1,500 locations in the United States and more than 23 countries globally.


The chain started as a market stand in the Downingtown, Pennsylvania Farmer's Market. In the same year, Auntie Anne's expanded to eight locations in the state of Pennsylvania, after the first bakery opened in Harrisburg. The first mall location was the Park City Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1969. By 1992, the bakery chain spread to nine other states with 50 locations. In 1992, the first Auntie Anne's airport location opened at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The year 1999 brought its first train station store at Penn Station in New York City. By 2004, there were 887 bakeries in 47 states and twelve countries.

In 1999 Auntie Anne's opened its first international store in Indonesia.[2]

From 1998 through 2010, Auntie Anne’s and its franchisees partnered to donate more than $4.5 million to local children’s hospitals across the country through the Children's Miracle Network. Auntie Anne's has also supported the pediatric cancer charity Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation since 2011.[3]

In 2004 Auntie Anne's opened its first store in Europe with a store in Cheltenham, UK [2]

In October 2005, it was announced that the Auntie Anne's corporate headquarters would be relocated from the town of Gap to downtown Lancaster. The former site of the Lancaster Post Office was purchased for $7 million by Auntie Anne's, Inc. The building itself was constructed in 1969, and stands at three stories tall on about 1.5 acres (6,100 m2). The building maintains the original 1920s features such as brass doors, high ceilings, and skylights. The Lancaster Post Office was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[4]

In November 2010, FOCUS Brands acquired Auntie Anne's.[5]

In 2012, Auntie Anne's was featured on of A&E's "Undercover Boss".

In 2013, Anne and Auntie Anne's was featured in "Food Court Wars".


  • William P. Dunn, Jr. - President and Chief Operating Officer[6]
  • Mitch Blocher - Chief Financial Officer[6]
  • Beth Monaghan - Chief Administrative Officer[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pretzels & More Homemade Baking Mix". Auntie Anne's website. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Auntie Anne's UK History". Auntie Anne's UK website. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Tilt Blog News Piece". Tilt Blog. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ Focus Brands Acquires Auntie Anne's
  6. ^ a b c "Executive Team | Auntie Anne's, Inc". Retrieved 2013-03-03. 

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