DEERFIELD, IL, Apr 21, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the premium convenience restaurant company, today announced that it has named veteran restaurant executive Paul Bower to the position of Chief Development Officer, effective immediately. As Chief Development Officer, Bower will have responsibility for Cosi's real estate and business development strategy with direct oversight for franchise sales, restaurant development, construction and facilities.
With the addition of Bower's more than 20 years of restaurant industry experience, Cosi's executive management team has more than 100 years of restaurant industry experience.
Bower's industry experience includes serving as Vice President of Development for Redbox, a leading national DVD rental company with over 7,000 locations. He was an original member of the management team that guided Redbox, a joint venture of McDonald's Corporation, from concept inception through its rapid expansion phase. Prior to that, Bower worked for 20 years in various positions within McDonald's Corporation's Restaurant Development team, primarily focused on real estate management and expansion. His progressive career path included positions of Divisional Real Estate Director and Senior Director, New Business Development. He also served as Vice President of Real Estate for Donatos Pizza Corporation, a fast casual restaurant concept which was a former wholly owned subsidiary of McDonald's Corporation.
"We are proud that Cosi has attracted Paul Bower, a seasoned development executive in our industry. Moreover, we are enormously excited to marry Paul's experience and expertise with Cosi's strong brand and growth opportunity," said James Hyatt, Cosi's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Further, his senior experience with national branded restaurants is consistent with Cosi's executive management profile and is another strong demonstration of our commitment to growing Cosi for the benefit of our shareholders, franchise partners, employees and guests."
"Joining Cosi's executive team is the perfect opportunity for me. The premium convenience segment far and away is the most exciting in the restaurant industry, and Cosi's high quality guest experience, leadership, resources and economic model make it an emerging force," said Bower. "I believe there is a huge, national growth opportunity for Cosi's fresh, distinctive tastes and sophisticated yet relaxing atmosphere. I'm impressed with how well Cosi knows its upscale guests, and I look forward to bringing my broad restaurant development experience to bear on the entire Cosi brand to support our growth."
Cosi (http://www.getcosi.com) is a national premium convenience restaurant chain that has developed featured foods built around a secret, generations-old recipe for crackly-crust flatbread. This artisan bread is freshly baked in front of customers throughout the day in open flame stone hearth ovens prominently located in each of the restaurants. Cosi's warm and urbane atmosphere is geared towards its sophisticated, upscale, urban and suburban guests. There are currently 102 company-owned and 42 franchise restaurants in eighteen states, the District of Columbia and the United Arab Emirates. The Cosi vision is to become America's favorite premium convenience restaurant by providing customers authentic, innovative, savory food while remaining an affordable luxury.
The Cosi menu features Cosi sandwiches, freshly tossed salads, Warm 'N Cosi MeltsCopyright, soups, Cosi bagels, flatbread pizzas, S'mores, snacks and other desserts, and a wide range of coffee beverages and specialty drinks. Cosi restaurants are designed to be welcoming and comfortable with an eclectic environment. Cosi's sights, sounds, and spaces create a tasteful, relaxed ambience that provides a fresh and new dining experience.
"Cosi," "Cosi w/hearth design," "Simply Good Taste," and related marks are registered trademarks of Cosi, Inc. Copyright Copyright 2008 Cosi, Inc. All rights reserved.
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SOURCE: Cosi, Inc.