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

Schlotzsky’s has lotz of Texas City fans

By Laura Elder

The Daily News

Lotz of love: When Texas City residents said they wanted a Schlotzsky’s in their town, they weren’t kidding.

Readers are reporting some brisk business at the freshly opened Schlotzsky’s and Cinnabon Express, 3325 Palmer Highway, in the former Hollywood Video store.

Franchise owner Cynde Whitson could not be reached for comment Monday. But Whitson and others at the eatery told customers the restaurant has broken some opening week records for a Schlotzsky’s.

The eatery, which opened last week, was built to reflect Schlotzsky’s re-branding efforts, which include a new design, a co-branding deal with Cinnabon and a new service model in which employees deliver food to the tables. The Texas City shop also offers drive-thru service.

Schlotzsky’s offers 15 different sandwiches on those famous round buns, wraps, gourmet pizzas, tossed salads, soups and desserts.

Cinnabon is a purveyor of cinnamon rolls. For 11 years, customers at Whitson’s League City Schlotzsky’s, 221 S. Egret Bay, had asked her to open a mid-county shop.

Whitson credits Jimmy Hayley, president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, with helping her select the spot for her second Schlotzsky’s franchise.

Bun in the oven: Schlotzsky’s, which has more than 350 shops around the world, is aggressively targeting Texas and elsewhere for multistore franchisees.

In fact, all that site work near Jack in the Box at Victory Lakes Town Center (northeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 646 in League City) is for a Schlotzsky’s.

Information about that franchise was not immediately available Monday.

Source: The Galveston County Daily News