Wetzels Pretzels Opens First Location in China

PASADENA, Calif., June 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wetzel’s Pretzels, the innovation leader in the fresh-baked pretzel category, today announced it has opened its first location in China, six months after signing a deal to enter the country. The location is the first of three Wetzel’s Pretzels which are slated to open this summer, and one of the fifty the brand has in the development pipeline for China.

Wetzel's Pretzels opens in the Reel Mall in Shanghai
Wetzel's Pretzels opens in the Reel Mall in Shanghai

Wetzel’s Pretzels’ first store in China is located at the Reel Mall in Shanghai, one of the largest shopping centers in the densely-populated city of more than 24 million people. Along with more than 100 retail stores, the Reel Mall is home to a movie theater and connected to a major transportation hub.

“Wetzel’s Pretzels offers a fresh-baked product, served fast. It’s a brand that will resonate well with consumers in Shanghai,” said Will Zhu, master franchisee for Wetzel’s Pretzels in China. “With our first location open and corporate training center built, we’re looking forward to getting other locations up and running, and expanding the brand.”

During the summer, Zhu will also open an additional two locations in Shanghai, at Pacific Fresh City and Metro City, two major shopping destinations in the region. With an experienced operator executing the brand in high-traffic areas across Shanghai, Wetzel’s Pretzels will continue to branch out across China, as it is on track to open 50 in the country by 2021.

“With a dense population and consumers seeking new and fresh products, Wetzel’s is well-positioned to come out of the gate strong with long-term success,” said Jennifer Schuler, Wetzel’s Pretzels’ President. “While we continue to expand domestically, we see China and our partnership with Will Zhu as a solid pillar for our international growth trajectory.”

The company’s first China location opened with its signature offerings such as made-from-scratch pretzels, Bitz, Wetzel Dogs and Fresh and Frozen Lemonade, and will introduce custom offerings seasonally to meet local flavor profiles and demand.

Those interested in learning more about Wetzel’s Pretzels can contact Doug Flaig, Wetzel’s Pretzels’ Vice President of Franchise Development, 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.

About Wetzel’s Pretzels

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.

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