T.J. Cinnamons

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T.J. Cinnamons is a cinnamon roll chain operating across the United States, owned by the Wendy's Company.

The company was founded in 1985 by husband and wife, Ted and Joyce Rice. Ted was a cameraman for KCTV Channel 5 and Joyce was a fifth-grade teacher. The first T.J. Cinnamons opened in the Ward Parkway Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri, in January 1985. At the time, the cinnamon rolls cost $1.25.[1]

As of 1989 it had more than 230 outlets in the U.S. and Canada, including three shops in Western New York.

In 1996, T.J.Cinnamons was bought by Arby's,[2] which was a subsidiary of Triarc Companies. In 2011, Triarc Companies (which is now known as The Wendy's Company) sold 81.5% of Arby's to Roark Capital Group,[2] although the T.J. Cinnamons chain remained with the Wendy's Company. Many Arby's locations continue to feature T.J. Cinnamons despite Roark (though its subsidiary Focus Brands) owning its more well-known rival, Cinnabon.[3][4]


  1. ^ "The Founders of T.J. Cinnamons Are Really on a Roll Now That All America Hungers for Their Buns". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  2. ^ a b Andrew F. Smith (2012). Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 16. ISBN 9780313393938. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  3. ^ Plunkett Research Ltd (2006). Plunkett's Food Industry Almanac 2006. Plunkett Research Ltd. ISBN 9781593920524. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ https://arbys.com/tjcinnamons