Company taking over from independent franchisee and reinstating all employees
LANCASTER, Pa. – Auntie Anne’s ®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, today announced plans to take ownership of, and operate, the Dickson, Tennessee, Auntie Anne’s location, effective Friday, August 12.
Earlier this week, an employee at the franchise location in Dickson made an accusation of discrimination against a potential franchisee of that location, which was scheduled to be transferred from the current owner on August 10. That potential franchisee will no longer be purchasing the store. Under corporate ownership, Auntie Anne’s intends to offer employment to all of the store’s former employees, including Kami Watkins Tucker and Keri Watkins, subject to normal hiring practices.
“Auntie Anne’s is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “We have a long, proud history of supporting everyone, without exception, in the communities in which we operate. It is vital that all of our franchisees and associates uphold our brand standards and values.”
The store, located inside of the Walmart at 175 Beasley Drive in Dickson, is scheduled to reopen this Friday at 10:00 a.m. CT. Ms. Neary will be on hand at the location to welcome back Kami Watkins Tucker, Keri Watkins, and the entire store crew. Guests are invited to stop by this store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy one free Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzel.
“Auntie Anne’s began nearly 30 years ago as a company founded on the principle of caring for others. We have proudly and sincerely continued that tradition ever since, and will continue to do so,” Ms. Neary said.
About Auntie Anne’s®:
At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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