Smashburger Wins ICSC 2011 Hot Retailer Award

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Smashburger, the nation's fastest growing "better burger" fast casual restaurant concept, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a winner of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) 2011 Hot Retailer Award, which recognizes innovative retail concepts that drive consumers into shopping centers around the world. Based on a survey of ICSC's worldwide members, Smashburger was chosen as one of the "hottest" retail concepts for 2011 and received the award at ICSC's global retail real estate convention, RECon, on Tuesday May 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a presentation hosted by actor and fashion designer, Carson Kressley.

"Every year ICSC awards retailers that create unique and exciting shopping experiences that drive consumers into shopping centers around the world," said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC's president and CEO. "These retailers provide outstanding products and services thereby contributing to the overall success of the shopping centers that have them as tenants. ICSC is pleased to add Smashburger to its list of 'Hot Retailers' and spotlight them during RECon."

"The Hot Retailer Award is a testament to the success of Smashburger's innovative concept, where we're raising the bar on Americans' burger standards by creating the best-tasting cooked-to-order burger available," commented Dave Prokupek, Chairman and CEO of Smashburger. "The fact that this award is voted on by ICSC members is particularly rewarding and will further strengthen our reputation as we work with shopping center owners to expand into new markets across the country."

About ICSC

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

About Smashburger

Denver-based Smashburger, the country's fastest growing fast casual "better burger" restaurant concept, is designed to be every city's favorite place for burgers. It received the International Council of Shopping Centers 2011 Hot Retailer Award and was named a 2009 Hot Concepts! award winner by Nation's Restaurant News. Smashburger has also received numerous awards from critics and consumers alike from around the country. Developed and owned by private equity and concept-development firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), Smashburger operates and develops corporate, joint venture and franchise stores across the country. Smashburger currently has 100 stores nationwide, and with the commitment from its franchise partners to build 463 units, Smashburger is on target to have 500 plus stores in the next few years. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com.

About Consumer Capital Partners

Denver-based Consumer Capital Partners (CCP) is an innovative private investment and concept development firm focused on multi-unit retail businesses, primarily in the restaurant, liquor, food, and leisure industries. CCP has deep experience in the fields of private equity, brand, concept and product development, and strategic consulting. To learn more about CCP, please visit www.consumercp.com.

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