Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Philly Pretzel Factory featured in the Central Penn Business Journal

Philly Pretzel Factory was recently featured CPBJ.com in an article titled, "Philly Pretzel Factory planning Central Pa. growth."  The article discusses the success of Philly Pretzel referring to the franchise growth in 2007  and 2008 and how it plans on expanding with 10 new locations in 2012.  Click here for the entire article or see below.

Philly Pretzel planning Central Pa. growth
By: Jason Scott

With locations already on the East and West shores as well as Lancaster, the popular Philly Pretzel Factory franchise could soon be adding stores in Central Pennsylvania.

“We could easily add a few more stores in the Harrisburg general area,” said President Marty Ferrill.

The pretzel maker has 119 stores — nearly 70 in Pennsylvania, including three in the midstate — and operates in eight states. The goal is 10 new locations in 2012, Ferrill said.

“It’s not like it was,” he said, referring to the franchise growth in 2007 and 2008 when the company added about 75 stores.

Founded in 1998, Philly Pretzel Factory has begun building smaller-scale factory locations to reflect changes in the marketplace and jumpstart expansion. The new-look locations are about 300 to 400 square feet and cost about $125,000 for franchise owners, Ferrill said.

The traditional factory locations are about 1,200 square feet and cost about $250,000, he said. Many are freestanding locations in strip mall shopping centers.

The kiosk model is designed for smaller mall spaces and entertainment venues. The company has opened locations at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in the Lehigh Valley and at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Philly Pretzel featured in Cecil Whig

Philly Pretzel was recently featured in the Cecil Whig  in an article titled, "On the Job: Pretzel maker."  The article focuses on Christopher Murrin’s experience with working with Philly Pretzel Factory. Christopher elaborated on how the pretzels are made fresh every day and he can make up to 1,000 pretzels in a day. Christopher also elaborated more on the job opportunity that Philly Pretzel Factory gave him when he was looking for employment. The interview was also videotaped and posted on Cecil Whig’s Youtube page.  Click here for the entire article or see below.

One the Job: Pretzel maker
By: Josh Shannon

Christopher Murrin started working at the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory in Elkton just two months ago. He must have done something right, because in that short time, he has risen through the ranks and now serves as the store’s manager.

Murrin, who says his favorite part of the job is twisting pretzels, makes an average of 1,000 pretzels – plus pretzel dogs, pretzel bites and pretzel-wrapped cheese steaks – each day.

How did you get your start?
I actually just came in as an employee. The past two months have been nothing but good opportunities. I came in and filled out an application just like anybody else would have because I just needed a job. Opportunities came from people leaving or being fired and things like that.

How did you train for the job?

I’ve had experience doing retail management for about five years. You just get taught when you come in the door and that’s it, basically. You train with somebody else who has been working here for a while.

What essential skills are required?

You need a little bit of restaurant experience. We do have bakers here, so a little bit of baking experience. But, basically, retail experience – dealing with customers and things like that.

Philly Pretzel featured in Woodbridge Patch

Philly Pretzel was recently featured in the Woodbridge Patch in an article titled, "It's National Pretzel Day - Get a Free Pretzel in Edison."  The article focused on the Philly Pretzel Factory of Edison and their participation with National Pretzel Day. The article gives some background on National Pretzel Day. The article also talked about how Dan DiZio was on Under Cover Boss the following day.  Click here for the entire article or see below.

It’s National Pretzel Day – Get a Free Pretzel in Edison
By: Deborah Bell

OK, this is among the things you didn't know: April 26 is National Pretzel Day.

So what? Well, if you happen to be in the area of 960 Amboy Avenue in Edison today, stop intoPhilly Pretzel Factory and claim your free pretzel in honor of the day.

“We have an incredible fanatical following. This day is about us having a little fun, giving back, and feeding our guest’s need for great taste,” said Dan DiZio, CEO and co-founder of Philly Pretzel Factory, a 100-plus-unit chain born and raised in Philadelphia.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Philly Pretzel featured in Marple Newtown Patch

Philly Pretzel was recently featured in the Marple Newton Patch in an article titled, "Life After 'Undercover Boss' For Broomall Philly Pretzel Factory."  The article profiles Marques Chandler, a Philly Pretzel employee, that was featured on last week's episode of Undercover Boss.  For the entire article click here or begin below.

By: Jennifer Kim

BROOMALL–Three years ago, Marques Chandler, of West Philadelphia, was out of a job and looking for work. At the time, his cousin was working at the Philly Pretzel Factory's Broomall location and referred him to a job.

"Marques' cousin was working for us for about two months and introduced me to Marques...he and I just kind of hit it off from jump street since then," recalled Co-owner of the Broomall Philly Pretzel Factory Gary Nolan. "You could immediately tell he had great people skills."

Chandler said it initially just started out as any other job and was looking for a second job in the meantime, hoping to save money to send his two young daughters off to college some day. He started off at $8/hour, worked hard–getting to the store at 4 a.m. to start baking the pretzels for the day and working about 50-60 hours a week. He received a bonus six months later working himself up to $12/hour.

"I started getting good and then I started getting raises," shared Chandler. "Three years later it turned into my career. It became something I love to do."

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