Bruegger's Bakery-Cafe Opens in Hamden

Portion of opening day sales to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank

November 28, 2007 // Franchising.com // Hamden, Conn. – Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest location this morning at 2425 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut. To celebrate the occasion and thank the community for its support, a portion of opening day sales will be donated to the Connecticut Food Bank.

Bruegger's CEO, James J. Greco, a resident of Cheshire, Conn., was joined this morning by Hamden Mayor Craig Henrici, members of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce, and Nancy Carrington, executive director of the Connecticut Food Bank, for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

"Connecticut is a growing market for Bruegger's," said James J. Greco, CEO of Bruegger's. "I am excited that we continue to grow in my home state of Connecticut. I am proud that Bruegger's is committed to supporting local organizations such as the Connecticut Food Bank as they help serve the needs of the community."

The new Hamden location has seating for up to 50 guests and will employ approximately 20 people. Bruegger's currently operates a total of nine locations in Connecticut employing more than 125 people. The first Bruegger's bakery-cafe opened in West Hartford in 1992. The bakery is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and features free, unlimited wireless Internet and a drive-thru service.

Kettle boiled first; Bruegger's bagels are baked fresh throughout the day to give them an authentic crunchy crust on the outside and a dense, chewy texture on the inside. In addition to fresh, hot bagels, Bruegger's offers an extensive menu that includes hand-crafted, fresh-tossed salads, made-to-order sandwiches and unique coffee blends, including a daily Fair Trade CertifiedÔ blend. Bruegger's is one of the largest distributors of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Fair Trade CertifiedÔ coffee.

About Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc.
Bruegger's Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the quick casual restaurant segment. Bruegger's and its GUEST-focused team are dedicated to serving delicious, healthy food that brings guests back again and again. In approximately 265 neighborhood bakery-cafes in 21 states, Bruegger's offers a warm, comfortable setting for guests to enjoy a wholesome meal with family and friends. Famous for authentic boiled and baked bagels, Bruegger's bakers lend their expertise to crafting a variety of other stone-hearth baked breads, such as Ciabatta and the exclusive Softwich™. Guests can count on innovative menu items, including fresh-made salads, whole wheat wraps, hearty soups, specialty and deli-made sandwiches, desserts, unique Fair Trade Certified™ coffee blends and original cream cheese flavors. Founded in 1983, Bruegger's is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com.

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