|Joe Guith, President & CEO|
Kat Cole Group President of Focus Brands
|Parent||AFC Enterprises (1998–2004)|
Focus Brands (2004–present)
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 (known as a "Cinnabon"). As of December 2017, there are more than 1,200 Cinnabon bakeries operating in 48 countries. Its headquarters are in Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States.
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, based in Sandy Springs, Georgia, operating over 5,000 stores.
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. Komen and 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. 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 just outside of Philadelphia at the King of Prussia Mall. In 1991, the first Cinnabon store in SeaTac mall was opened. Cinnabon stores today can also be found in gas stations, universities, rapid transit stations, casinos, and amusement parks.
Cinnabon was bought by AFC Enterprises, Inc. in 1998 for $65 million. 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. The headquarters moved to Greater Atlanta in 1999. In 2020, British retail group EG Group announced a partnership with Cinnabon to open 150 branded stores in the UK over 5 years.
Cinnabon has franchise operations in 48 countries which include:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Libya (Cinnabon is noted for being the first U.S franchise to open in Libya after the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.)
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom (Partnership with EG Group)
- United States
In popular culture
In the Starkid musical Black Friday, the audience overhears Linda Monroe remind her husband that is not allowed "within a thousand feet of a Cinnabon". The reason why is never explicitly mentioned, although Linda says she doesn't believe he just wants to smell them.
In the comedy-drama film Please Stand By (2017), protagonist Wendy Welcott works at a Cinnabon chain in a mall in San Francisco, California.
Toward the end of the 2013 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, protagonist Walter Mitty meets with his eHarmony customer service representative, Todd Maher, at a Cinnabon.
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