DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - January 16, 2008) - Spicy Pickle™ fast casual restaurants (OTCBB: SPKL) today announced the sale of a multi unit restaurant development to a new franchisee in downtown Los Angeles, California, bringing the total number of franchises the Company has sold to 113.
A new franchisee has entered into a franchise and development agreement to open the first Spicy Pickle™ restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. The new franchisee became familiar with Spicy Pickle™ through the Company's public stock and then visited several of the restaurants operating in the greater Denver area.
Marc Geman, CEO of Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc., commented: "We are very pleased to have such a capable franchisee to start our development of the Los Angeles market. This will complement our 12 restaurant development in San Diego and help grow the entire Southern California market. We expect to generate a lot of interest in this large market."
Mr. Geman also noted that the franchisee was an owner of two night clubs in the development area and very familiar with the neighborhood where the restaurants will be located, which is bounded by Interstate 10, the 110 and the 101 and Grand Avenue including the area around the Staples Center and the Convention Center. Additionally the new franchisee is an instructor at the California School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu Program in Pasadena. "We are thrilled to have such an accomplished restaurateur pick our concept for development," said Mr. Geman.
About Spicy Pickle™:
Founded in 1999, Spicy Pickle Franchising, Inc. (OTCBB: SPKL) serves high quality meats and fine artisan breads, baked fresh daily, along with a wide choice of eight different cheeses, twenty-two different toppings, and fourteen proprietary spreads to create healthy and delicious panini and sub sandwiches with flavors from around the world. As a leading "fast-casual" concept, Spicy Pickle™ offers menu items that are far beyond traditional fast food, but without the price point of casual dining. The hallmark of a Spicy Pickle™ restaurant is quality, service and an enjoyable atmosphere. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with franchise locations now open across 12 states and many more in development nationwide. For more about Spicy Pickle™, including franchise information and inquiries, visit http://www.spicypickle.com.
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