Sales Increase for 19th Consecutive Quarter at Bruegger’s

first_imgMarking 19 consecutive quarters of growth, Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc. has announced revenue for comparable sales grew 6.6 percent at company locations and 6.9 percent system-wide for the fourth quarter ending December 30, 2008. For the 2008 fiscal year, same store sales increased 4.2 percent for the company and 3.9 percent for the system, aided by one extra week versus 2007. Bruegger’s gross sales reached $198.9 million system wide in 2008; an 11.3 percent rise over the same period in 2007.”Hitting the mark of reaching our 19th consecutive quarter of sales increase was indeed an accomplishment,” said Bruegger’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Greco. “By focusing in on our core values of providing great service, great food and great value, we were able to continue to build sales in spite of the economy. It is a testament to the entire Bruegger’s team and our loyal following.”New Menu Items and LocationsDuring the fourth quarter, Bruegger’s continued to promote the Farmer’s Omelet which was introduced in Q3. The company also kicked off its annual Bottomless Mug promotion in Q4 with a new keytag option in addition to the travel mug and cards.Also during the fourth quarter, Bruegger’s opened corporate bakeries in Greensboro, N.C., Jenkintown, Pa. and Arlington, Va., as well as franchise- operated bakeries in Orange, Conn., Raleigh, N.C. and in Raleigh-Durham Airport bringing the total to 288 bakeries in 23 states and the District of Columbia. New bakery expansion will continue with four bakeries set to open in Q1 2009.About Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc.Bruegger’s Enterprises, Inc., an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is a leader in the fast casual restaurant segment. Bruegger’s is dedicated to serving delicious, healthy food that brings guests back again and again. In 288 neighborhood bakery-cafes in 23 states and the District of Columbia, Bruegger’s offers a warm, comfortable setting for guests to enjoy a wholesome meal with family and friends. Famous for authentic boiled and baked bagels, Bruegger’s bakers lend their expertise to crafting a variety of other stone- hearth baked breads, such as Ciabatta and the exclusive Softwich. Guests can count on innovative menu items, including unique cream cheese flavors, delicious breakfast sandwiches and wraps, hand-tossed salads, hearty soups, signature and custom order sandwiches, desserts, and Fair Trade Green Mountain coffee blends. Founded in 1983, Bruegger’s is headquartered in Burlington, Vermont and supports its neighbors in every community it serves. For more information, please visit www.brueggers.com(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

Fernandes taking new approach

first_img Fernandes is determined things will be different this time around, with the focus on players’ hunger rather than their reputation – though Lescott was offended by the insinuation he does not fit within that plan. The Hoops have also been linked with another experienced England defender in Rio Ferdinand, a free agent at the end of his Manchester United contract as Lescott is at City. But Fernandes told Sky Sports: “I think these are all fantastic players being mentioned but we have brought in players who’ve been at big clubs before and we got our fingers burned. “We have a different philosophy from this time two years ago. We know what we want, we have a list of targets that we think are the right sort and will add tremendous value to the club. “You need a balance of youth and experience but you need to get the right experience – people who are ready to come down and battle. People who have come from places like Manchester City, having won titles and been in the Champions League, might not have the right energy you want.” Lescott responded on Twitter: “Still undecided about my future but questions over my hunger 4 next season disappoint me I will never represent a team & give less than 100%” To shy away from big-name signings would be at odds with QPR manager Harry Redknapp’s track record in recent years but Fernandes was positive after he and chief executive Philip Beard met with the former Spurs boss on Friday. “We had a fantastic day talking about our targets and what we want to do,” he said. “We need maybe four or five new players and we are a much better prepared club than we were two years ago. “We saw at Wembley a new type of QPR culture and it made me proud. We want to keep the spirit together and get the right dressing room. It’s amazing what you can do with that. “We said we’d learn and come back stronger and next season we will see. No-one can guarantee anything. It’s so unpredictable. But we will give it a bloody good fight to stay up.” QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has played down the likelihood of a move for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott and signalled a change of approach from previous high-profile recruitment. Rangers have been linked with the 31-year-old England international as they rebuild for Premier League football, having achieved promotion by beating Derby 1-0 in the Championship play-off final. The club’s previous dalliance with the top flight proved ill-fated, ending in relegation in the summer of 2013 despite infamously carrying a higher wage bill than that season’s Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more