Wetzel’s Pretzels Continues Domestic Expansion with Seattle-Area Development Focus






Wetzel's Pretzels Continues Domestic Expansion with Seattle-Area Development Focus

Opportunities Available Now for Multi-Unit Operators 

Wetzel's Pretzels Continues Domestic Expansion with Seattle-Area Development FocusWetzel’s Pretzels is a brand born from the Southern California lifestyle that has cultivated fans for more than 20 years thanks to its scratch-made pretzels, fresh lemonade and craveable Cin-a-Bitz. Building on that fan passion and the brand’s ability to cultivate fanatics from coast to coast, Wetzel’s Pretzel’s Vice President of Franchise Development, Doug Flaig, will be hosting exploratory meetings with qualified multi-unit operators August 22 to 24 in Seattle.

Wetzel’s targeted growth plans for the Seattle area come on the heels of another banner year for the company, which included consistent, industry-leading sales growth as well being named one of the top three fastest-growing snack concepts by Franchise Times Magazine, and a Top Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Beyond Wetzel’s Pretzels’ sales momentum, company leadership view Seattle as a fantastic growth opportunity thanks to 4.35% GDP, the fourth highest in the United States, as well as its ranking as the number one state for growth by US News & World Report. The area is also home to Microsoft, Amazon and a rapidly expanding workforce. Currently, the brand has the following immediate opportunities available:

  • Pacific Place
  • North Bend Premium Outlets
  • University Village
  • Bellevue Square
  • Redmond Town Center

“Wetzel’s Pretzels’ menu items sit at a fantastic intersection of being quick, affordable snacks that are made from scratch with limited ingredients, exactly what today’s consumers are looking for,” said Jennifer Schuler, Wetzel’s Pretzel’s President. “This brand is positioned for immediate and long-term growth thanks to operational simplicity, unit size flexibility and the corporate team’s core focus on franchisee profitability. We believe there is tremendous opportunity across the Seattle area, and look forward to partnering with operators to bring this beloved West Coast brand to life throughout the region.”

Beyond traditional mall buildouts, Wetzel’s Pretzels is able to capitalize on various nontraditional locations as the brand offers a variety of build-out options to accommodate most any space, including both baking and non-baking kiosks, as well as remote units that can supplement a traditional in-line location. It’s a concept that can truly fit anywhere there is appropriate space.

Those interested in learning more about Wetzel’s Pretzels can contact Flaig to schedule an initial discussion at 805.616.9799 or doug@wetzels.com. Alternatively, operators who are looking to expand or diversify their holdings can visit Wetzel’s Pretzels’ franchise site.

Armed with a vision and a tasty recipe for soft pretzel perfection, Bill Phelps and Rick Wetzel opened the first Wetzel’s Pretzels bakery in Redondo Beach, Calif., in 1994. Long lines of hungry customers soon formed, attracted by mouth-watering soft pretzels that were hand-rolled, baked fresh and served hot from the oven. As word spread about these golden-on-the-outside pretzels, the company added additional offerings to its menu. Today, Wetzel’s Pretzels has grown to more than 340 fresh bakeries across the United States and around the world, including premier locations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Every Wetzel’s Pretzels bakery adheres to the original vision of its founders; that each super-premium pretzel will be crafted from fresh dough and baked in-store consistently throughout the day, to ensure a delicious offering for each consumer, regardless of when the craving for a pretzel strikes. For additional information on Wetzel’s Pretzels or franchise opportunities, please visit the website, call (626) 432-6900, “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.