Friday, June 25, 2010

Franchisee Spotlight: Ken Hannigan, Owner of the Philly Pretzel Factory in Cranberry Township

We have been highlighting some of our Philly Pretzel Factory franchisees. Today, Ken Hannigan, Owner of the Cranberry Township location, is in our franchisee spotlight.

Franchisee Since: October 2008
Franchise Location: 1691 Route 228, Cranberry Township, PA 16066

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How Ken Hannigan Got Started with Philly Pretzel Factory
Ken grew up in the New Jersey area and was surrounded by the soft pretzel culture throughout his childhood. He was extremely familiar with the brand as it continued to grow and saturate the Philadelphia and New Jersey markets. Ken and his wife, Kim, were experienced entrepreneurs who owned multiple businesses together before deciding to open their Philly Pretzel Factory. Ken saw that there was an untapped market in Cranberry Township, and felt the same success that Philly Pretzel Factory was experiencing in New Jersey and Philadelphia could be replicated there as well.

What Intrigued Ken Hannigan about Philly Pretzel Factory
Ken and his wife, Kim, are experienced franchisees as they have owned multiple franchises together in the past. Between the two, the couple has over 12 years of franchise experience and more than 24 years of business experience. The husband and wife team conducted heavy due diligence and realized that Philly Pretzel Factory had a strong support system for both the Philly Pretzel Factory product and franchisees. The two were also attracted to the marketing campaigns and tools that are provided to Philly Pretzel Factory franchisees.

Something Interesting about Ken Hannigan’s Story…
Ken is a sponsor of the Pittsburgh Penguins and is the provider of soft pretzels at Mellon Arena and next season’s Consol Energy Center for all Pittsburgh Penguins home games. He is also involved in his local community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Ken participates with the local schools in fundraising and also takes part in neighborhood summer festivals. Ken also coaches youth soccer and is a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.


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