Hand-Carved makes everything better!

Check out our new Web commercial for our Hand-Carved Sandwiches. A special THANK YOU to DP/Producer Jim Flores, Director Storme Wood, Writer/Producer Andie Redwine, and the folks at The Sound SuiteCut to Black and Pinkhaus!

Schlotzsky’s plans restaurant in Stillwater

By Austin Chappell

Restaurant enthusiasts in Stillwater can rejoice as another new dining option is in the process of being developed.

Plans were announced Wednesday to open a Schlotzsky’s in Stillwater, with residents Bryan and Mia Whitfield leading the development process. Bryan and Mia were both unavailable for comment on the announcement.

The Enid News Eagle reported the restaurant could open within the next year. The Whitfields will also open locations in Enid, Owasso, Lawton, Bartlesville and Ardmore, according to the News Eagle.

Derrick May, a business senior, said he was thrilled at the thought of a Schlotzsky’s opening in Stillwater.

“I’ve been going to Schlotzsky’s for as long as I can remember,” May said. “I haven’t gone as much recently because they’ve closed some of the locations in Dallas, but Stillwater sounds like a prime spot with all the college students.”

The announcement came as Olive Garden and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop are in development, and Jimmy John’s and Cheezies Pizza both opened within the past year.

Schlotzsky’s, a sandwich-centered restaurant, will compete with Subway and Jimmy John’s, among others. The restaurant also offers various pizza combinations, as well as pasta, soup and salad.

May said he believes Schlotzsky’s can thrive in Stillwater, depending on the location.

“There are already like two or three Subway’s in Stillwater already, but the one closest to campus is always the most popular,” he said. “If Schlotzsky’s can build or open up in the same area, I could really see a lot of students going there for lunch.”

The Austin-based joint boasts more than 160 locations, with 11 Oklahoma locations scattered across the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.

Source: The Daily O’Collegian

If you’re going to lead, lead big!


In Texas, we’re known for our “bigger is better” philosophy. The Lone Star state features the largest of all state capital buildings, DFW Airport has the world’s largest parking lot, and three of the nation’s ten largest cities (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio) are proud to call Texas home.

We also like our leaders to be big. Not in size and ego, mind you, but big in their vision, big in their willingness to take chances, and big in their dreams. Big leaders stand out from the crowd and are constantly demonstrating initiative – whether anyone is watching or not. And big leaders are the first to roll up their sleeves regardless if it’s in their job description.

Take Baylor Quarterback, Robert Griffin. So many times during the past season, the Bears were behind and RG3 remained poised and confident, inspiring his teammates and leading them to victory. True leaders remain confident even in bad times. They inspire their teammates and motivate them even when they are losing. True leaders do things big.

Author William Arthur Ward describes “Big” leaders as those who:

Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting.

At Focus Brands, we applied this zig-when-they-zag approach during the recent economic downturn. While competitors to our Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Carvel, and Auntie Anne’s brands were hunkering down and driving price points down, we upgraded and enhanced our stores and brand image. The result? Our sixth straight year of increasing corporate growth. Our success even got me on TV!

Remember, leadership is not given to you; it is something you give others. When you lead successfully, you bring opportunities to others through better job and career opportunities and satisfying work environments.

You’ve got to go big. Look around to see what everyone else in your business is doing. While they are doubting, playing, daydreaming, and wishing, you can lead your team to Texas-sized successes.

Source: The Migala Report

Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon-Carvel opens in Buda, TX!

The new Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabo-Carvel in Buda, Texas is scheduled to open at 10am on Friday, March 16! This is our first location to open in a Sac-N-Pac travel center!

On Friday, the first 100 customers to purchase a Cinnabon 6-Pack on Friday will receive free Schlotzsky’s each week for a year, so get there early to snag a spot in line.

Also on Friday, anyone who signs up for the Schlotzsky’s Bun & Fun eClub will be entered into a drawing for a Trip for Two Getaway (2 $500 gift  cards for Southwest Airlines) and a 40″ flat screen television. If you can’t get by on Friday – no worries! Drawings for these prizes will be held at the end of March, so you have plenty of time to sign up for the eClub.

On Saturday, March 17, we’ll have drawings throughout the day for four $50 Schlotzsky’s gift cards, one $100 gift card, four $50 Sac-N-Pac gift cards and one $100 Sac-N-Pac gift card. Austin radio station 98.1 KVET will be in attendance hosting a radio remote from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Address: 125 N. FM 1626  Buda, TX. 78610

Phone Number: 512-295-0247

Schlotzsky’s, sweets to come to island

By Laura Elder

The scoop: Officials with Schlotzsky’s corporate offices last week joined franchise owner Cynde Whitson on a tour of potential seawall sites for the popular sandwich shop concept. The island Schlotzsky’s will be a third for Whitson, who owns franchises in League City and Texas City.

Corporate officials must approve whichever building Whitson chooses to ensure it conforms with Schlotzsky’s standards and branding.

Whitson said Monday she wants to secure the site before divulging more details. But she did confirm she’s bringing three concepts under one roof to the island.

Along with a Schlotzsky’s, she’ll open a Cinnabon franchise, famous for oven-hot cinnamon rolls, and a Carvel Ice Cream shop.

There are 800 Cinnabon franchises worldwide. Carvel, a 75-year-old name in ice cream, operates 500 franchises and is best known for “Fudgie the Whale” and “Cookie Puss” cakes. Schlotzsky’s, of course, is known for its sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soups. Atlanta-based Focus Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of Carvel, Cinnabon and Schlotzsky’s. Want to talk about it? Visit Buzz Blog, galvnews.com.

Source: Galveston Daily News

Voting underway for Schlotzsky’s 2012 Bun Run T-shirt Design!

We narrowed down the designs to five, and now you get to choose which one will grace the front of the 2012 Bun Run T-shirt! Make the choice now – voting ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 6.

Vote for the Schlotzsky’s 2012 Bun Run T-shirt 

Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon opens in Seguin, TX!

The new Schlotzsky’s-Cinnabon in Seguin, TX is open TODAY! Located at 330 N. Highway 123 Bypass, the doors open this morning at 10am. The first 100 guests to purchase a Cinnabon 6-pack will get free Schlotzsky’s each week for a year. Come join us for lots of fun, games and prizes and a special appearance by Bobby Bun!

Sac-N-Pac to open 3 Schlotzsky’s in Kyle-Buda


Rising like a sourdough bun, Schlotzsky’s has emerged from bankruptcy and is pairing with the San Marcos-based Sac-N-Pac chain of convenience stores for rapid expansion into Kyle, Buda and other markets.

Sac-N-Pac, a private company with nine locations in Kyle and Buda, has purchased eight franchise agreements from Schlotzsky’s, with the first eatery targeted to open March 16 at the corner of FM 967 and FM 1626 in Buda.

Two more restaurants will be coming soon to Kyle, said Raymond Cavazos, Sac-N-Pac’s director of food operations.

“Schlotzsky’s had their issues,” Cavazos said. “They regrouped, were purchased by Focus Brands and are up to about 240 stores. They’re up and coming.”

Nationwide, the deli chain has plans to open 50 to 60 stores this year alone, he noted. Sac-N-Pac expects to break ground next month on a combined gas station and Schlotzsky’s at the corner of Kohler’s Crossing and Interstate 35, with a planned opening in June or July.

For its second Schlotzsky’s restaurant in Kyle, Sac-N-Pac is considering its existing store at the southeastern corner of FM 150 and I-35, Cavazos said. Each restaurant will share a building with the fuel/convenience retail store and have its own entrance, a separate drive-thru and a connected pass-through in the building.

Cavazos said changing markets have driven Sac-N-Pac to look beyond fuel and traditional convenience-store products for revenue.

“Before, if you needed a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk, you would typically go to a convenience store,” he said. “Now you have so many options. You can buy milk or bread at CVS or Walgreens or a dollar store. The market share is shrinking, so the national trend for owners of convenience stores, everybody’s leaning toward restaurants as a draw.”

The company does not consider sales at the fuel pump a strong moneymaker, he said, so Sac-N-Pac has extra incentive to find new ways to lure customers into its 45 stores for inside sales on higher-margin products.

“If you have a restaurant at your store, somebody who might not typically go in might walk over into the store to buy something,” Cavazos said. “You consider that an incremental sale.”

Sac-N-Pac is also undergoing a rapid expansion in its own right. Earlier this month, the company opened a convenience store and Quiznos at FM 150 and Texas Highway 21 near Uhland. Company officials are also discussing plans for a store behind the CVS on FM 150 and I-35 in downtown Kyle.

“We’re talking about putting a store and restaurant there, but it’s probably a couple years out,” he said.

Schlotzsky’s, formerly based in Austin, filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004 and closed numerous delis in the process. Atlanta-based Focus Brands, the parent company of Carvel and Cinnabon, has owned Schlotzsky’s since 2006.

Source: Hays Free Press

Read more at the Hays Free Presshttp://haysfreepress.com/2012/02/22/sac-n-pac-to-open-3-schlotzskys-in-kyle-buda/#ixzz1nDjOnPZs

Schlotzsky’s Bun Run T-shirt Design Contest – Entries due February 24

The Schlotzsky’s 2012 Bun Run T-shirt Design Contest has officially begun! Get those buns in gear and show us your creative skills and your design could end up on the front of our 2012 Bun Run shirt!

The contest is simple – create the coolest, most awesome Schlotzsky’s 2012 Bun Run T-shirt and win $1000 sweet cash. Entries must be received by Schlotzsky’s no later than February 24, 2012. After that, a panel of judges at Schlotzsky’s will narrow down the entries to the top five designs. Those five designs will then go out for public voting from February 28 to March 6. The design with the most votes gets the $1000 cash prize and the four runners-up will each get $100.

Like last year, all entries must incorporate the Schlotzsky’s logo and Bobby Bun runner.

Get all the details about the contest, including rules (they’re important!), required files and where to submit your design at: http://www.bunrun.com/tshirt.php

Schlotzsky’s hopes to grow once again in the Sunshine State

By Susan R. Miller

Schlotzsky’s fast-casual restaurants should be popping up again all over the Sunshine State.

The company once had a presence here, but a 2004 bankruptcy nearly halved its number of restaurants.

In 2006, Atlanta-based Focus Brands purchased Schlotzsky’s and rebranded existing stores. Now the company is poised for growth, VP of Sales David Wheeler said.

Once known as home to the original round sandwich of meats, cheeses and black olives, Schlotzsky’s expanded its menu to offer salads, pizzas, wraps and soups.

“Under Focus Brands, we have made it more fun, unique and hip,” Wheeler said. “It used to be more of a deli; now it’s more fast-casual.”

On a scale of one to 10, he said Florida is a 10 when it comes to the company’s growth strategy.

“Florida is the No. 1 state where we get requests from customers to come back,” Wheeler said.

At the recent Franchise Expo South in Miami Beach, Wheeler said Focus Brands came away with a lot of strong franchise candidates from all over the state.

There are just three Schlotzsky’s in Florida: one in Gainesville and two in Panama City.

Wheeler is working with a group looking to develop one in Orlando and another in Fort Myers, and he’s hoping to find partners for South Florida. The target is 150 restaurants statewide.

Because Focus Brands has Carvel and Cinnabon under its corporate umbrella, Schlotzsky’s will sell both. The franchise fee, which includes all three brands, is $38,500. Total costs can range from $250,000 to more than $650,000, depending on buildout costs.

Source: South Florida Business Journal


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