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Saturday, November 17, 2012

#Tripoli Cinnabon is first U.S. franchise in Libya recovering from a civil war


RT  Cinnabon has opened a bakery-cafe in downtownTripoli, making it the first U.S. franchise 2 enter 

Cinnabon is first U.S. franchise in Libya

 @CNNMoney August 1, 2012: 12:26 PM ET
Atlanta-based bakery-cafe chain Cinnabon, which debuted in  downtown Tripoli in early July, becomes the first-ever U.S. franchise in Libya.
Atlanta-based bakery-cafe chain Cinnabon, which debuted in downtown Tripoli in early July, becomes the first-ever U.S. franchise in Libya.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Cinnabon has opened a bakery-cafe in downtown Tripoli, making it the first U.S. franchise to enter Libya.
Cinnabon, based in Atlanta, is also looking to enter Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, said Mike Shattuck, president of Focus Brands International, parent company of Cinnabon and other brands.
The new 7,500-square-foot Cinnabon store in Libya is located on a busy street in Tripoli's business district; it opened on July 2. It also sells Carvel Ice Cream, another brand owned by Focus.
The company, which has more than 900 locations in 51 countries, plans to open at least 10 Cinnabon locations in Libya in the next four years.
"Ultimately, we think there's an even larger opportunity in the country for us," Shattuck said.
The company started seriously considering expanding into Libya two years ago when U.S. sanctions on the country were easing. Shattuck said the firm received numerous franchise inquiries from Libyans living overseas.
"They were already familiar with the brand and wanted to bring it to Libya," he said.
"We were in every major market in the Middle East. Expanding into Libya made sense as part of our emerging market strategy," he said.
Today, Libya is recovering from a civil war that led to the overthrow and death of long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi last fall.
The Cinnabon push into Libya had been planned for early 2011. The company had selected local franchise partners, selected a location and the first shipment of products was on its way when the country erupted in civil war.

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