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Cinnabon, Inc.
Founded1985; 33 years ago (1985) in Seattle, Washington
HeadquartersSandy Springs, Georgia, United States
Key people
Joe Guith, President & CEO
Kat Cole Group President of Focus Brands
ProductsCinnamon rolls
ParentAFC Enterprises (1998–2004)
Focus Brands (2004–present)
A typical Cinnabon store

Cinnabon is an American chain of baked goods stores and kiosks, normally found in areas with high pedestrian traffic such as malls, airports and rest stops. The company's signature item is a cinnamon roll. As of December 2017, over 1,200 Cinnabon bakeries were operating in 48 countries.[1] Its headquarters are in Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States.[2][3]

The company is co-owned — with Schlotzsky's, Carvel, Moe's Southwest Grill, McAlister's Deli, and Auntie Anne's brands — by Focus Brands, an affiliate of private equity firm Roark Capital Group,[4] based in Sandy Springs, Georgia, operating over 5,000 stores.


A Cinnabon cinnamon roll in a to-go box.
Previous Cinnabon logo

The first Cinnabon opened on December 4, 1985, Federal Way, Washington at SeaTac Mall, now called The Commons at Federal Way. Cinnabon was an offshoot of the Seattle Based Restaurants Unlimited restaurant chain majority owned by Rich Komen with minority partner and CEO Ray Lindstrom at the helm. Mr. Komen and Mr. Lindstrom wanted to create the perfect cinnamon roll, eventually hiring Jerilyn Brusseau to finalize the recipe since Brusseau was famous for her baking in the Seattle area.[citation needed] The first bakery began by serving only its cinnamon rolls with a sign touting "World Famous Cinnamon Rolls". Cinnabon's first franchise-operated store opened in August 1986 in Philadelphia. In 1991, the first Cinnabon store outside a mall was opened in Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Cinnabon stores today can also be found in gas stations, universities, rapid transit stations, casinos, and amusement parks.[citation needed]

Cinnabon was bought by AFC Enterprises, Inc. in 1998 for $65 million.[5] In 2004, AFC Enterprises, Inc., sold Cinnabon for $30.3 million to FOCUS Brands, Inc., which is owned by the Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group.[6][7] The headquarters moved to Greater Atlanta in 1999.[2]

International locations[edit]

Cinnabon at Legoland Windsor in the United Kingdom

Cinnabon has franchise operations in 48 countries which include:

In popular culture[edit]

In the AMC television series Better Call Saul, the main character, Saul Goodman, is shown working at a Cinnabon store in Nebraska as he is a fugitive from justice and living under an assumed name.

Comedian Louis CK has mentioned his consumption of Cinnabon while showing disgust toward himself and his decision to consume Cinnabon products.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scents from a Mall: The Sticky, Untold Story of Cinnabon. Settle Met, Retrieved 12 December 2017
  2. ^ a b "Cinnabon At-A-Glance Archived October 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.." Cinnabon. Retrieved on February 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "City Council Districts Archived January 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.." City of Sandy Springs. Retrieved on July 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Focus Brands To Buy Cinnabon From AFC Enterprises. New York Times, September 9, 2004
  5. ^ "NY Times: AFC Enterprises to Purchase Cinnabon International". The New York Times. August 19, 1998. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  6. ^ "NY Times: Focus Brands to Buy Cinnabon from AFC Enterprises". The New York Times. September 9, 2004. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  7. ^ "Roark Capital Group :: Portfolio Companies".
  8. ^ Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon debut in Jamaica
  9. ^ "Cinnabon Branches, Amman, Jordan". Jordan Sun.
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  11. ^ "Libya Herald: Tripoli's Cinnabon sales on a sugar high". December 29, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
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  14. ^ "US bakery Cinnabon taps Seoul market"., The Korea Herald, Retrieved May 8, 2018

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