Kneaders Bakery & Cafe Opens First Location in Phoenix Market

First 100 customers to receive free French toast during grand opening celebration on May 27.

Gilbert, AZ, May 19, 2013 --( Residents of Gilbert, Ariz., are about to wake to the smell, warmth and comfort of freshly baked bread. Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, a full-service restaurant and retail shop, will open its newest location at 5155 E. Baseline Road at 7a.m. on Monday, May 27. The first 100 customers will receive free French toast as part of the grand opening festivities. Regular hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kneaders is a Utah-based restaurant franchise specializing in European hearth breads, made from scratch on site daily, as well as gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and breakfast items. It also provides catering services for groups of all sizes, from birthday parties to weddings, and offers a variety of retail products including award-winning gift baskets and holiday-themed gifts.

“We look forward to becoming part of the Gilbert community and are excited to provide local residents with the Kneaders dining experience,” says Andrew Smith, Kneaders master franchisee. “Our goal is to provide an experience where the atmosphere is comfortable, the food is fresh and customers feel cared for.”

Priscilla Toa will act as operating managing partner for the new location. She started with Kneaders more than two years ago as a part-time cashier, and since has been inspired to stay with the company thanks to management opportunities, growth of the franchise and her passion for the brand. She looks forward to bringing the comfort, care and freshness of Kneaders to Gilbert.

“We’ve had tremendous growth over the past couple years, and I attribute that to our dedication to using only the highest-quality ingredients and consistently providing excellent customer service,” says James Worthington, CEO, Kneaders. “I think Andrew and Priscilla will do an excellent job at upholding our high standards at this new location.”

Colleen and Gary Worthington opened the first Kneaders in Orem, Utah in 1997. Shortly after opening, James Worthington, CEO, and David Vincent, CFO, joined them and they all continue to operate as the Kneaders franchisors to this day. Andrew Smith serves as a Kneaders’ four-state development agent and a master franchisee. The brand now consists of 23 locations including 19 in Utah, one in Meridian, Idaho, two in Yuma, Ariz., and the soon-to-open location in Gilbert.

About Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
An award-winning bakery and cafe franchise based in Utah, Kneaders uses only natural, healthy ingredients to create freshly baked breads, delicious sandwiches, homemade pastries, hearty soups and refreshing salads. In 2013, they were awarded Best Baked Goods, Best Sandwiches, Best Salads, and Best Pastries in Utah’s Best of State competition and won in the breakfast, sandwich, lunch and bakery categories for the Daily Herald’s Best of Utah Valley. Kneaders is best known for its European hearth breads, hand-pulled turkey sandwiches, Chunky Cinnamon French Toast and an array of seasonal pastries made fresh daily.

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Christina Calhoun