Così, Inc. Announces New Franchise Opening

BOSTON, Aug. 22, 2016 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Così, Inc. (NASDAQ:COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today announced that its franchisee, Purdue University, opened a new Cosi® restaurant on its campus in West Lafayette, IN. This newest Cosi®restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on Monday, August 22.

“We are excited to announce the partnership with our newest franchisee, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the opening of our newest Cosi® franchise restaurant on the Purdue University campus,” said RJ Dourney, Cosi President and Chief Executive Officer.  This is our 15th university location, and we continue to see growth in this trade channel.   Purdue University is an outstanding institution and will be a strong partner for the Cosi® brand,” stated Dourney. “Cosi’s commitment to our people, our communities and our food philosophy clearly resonates with the university population, and we look forward to our relationship growing with Purdue, the students and the administration,” Dourney went on to say. 

“We are pleased to bring Cosi® to the Purdue University Campus,” said Tom Coleman, Director of Retail Dining. “Cosi® is a strong addition to our Residential Campus, and we are excited to introduce Cosi® to our students and local community. We received wonderful support from Cosi during our planning process and then again during our opening,” Coleman went on to say.

About Purdue University

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States, is the main campus of the Purdue University system. It was founded in 1869 after a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students.

The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 900 student organizations. Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana, as well as the third largestinternational student population of any university in the United States. 

About Così, Inc.

Così (http://www.getcosi.com) is an international fast casual restaurant company.  At the heart of every Cosi® restaurant is an open-flame stone-hearth oven where the Così® signature flatbread is made from scratch throughout the day.  The flatbread is made from a generations-old recipe and is part of many Così® favorites. Così® was founded on the idea that good-for-you food should be delicious.  Menu items are made using fresh ingredients and distinctive sauces and spreads to create edgy flavors.  The menu features made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, bowls, breakfast wraps, melts, all natural soups, signature Squagels®, artisan flatbread pizzas, S`mores, snacks and desserts.  Guests can also enjoy handcrafted beverages and a variety of coffee-based and specialty beverages. 

Così® employees create a welcoming environment where guests are invited to relax and enjoy great food. Così® is the cornerstone of the communities that they are in and take pride in supporting community organizations and local charities. There are currently 74 Company-owned and 31 franchise restaurants operating in sixteen states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates.

"Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2016 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

Additional information is available on Così's website at http://www.getcosi.com in the investor relations section.

SOURCE Cosi, Inc

Contacts:

Investor Relations
InvestorRelations@getcosi.com

Miguel Rossy-Donovan
Chief Financial Officer
(857) 415-5020

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