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Auntie Anne's opens first store in Alaska

Auntie Anne's, a hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise chain, has announced that it has expanded its presence to 44 states with the opening of its newest location at Dimond Center in Anchorage, Alaska. According to the information provided, the Dimond Center store will be under the leadership of Lynn Van Vactor and Vicki Winn, both Washington residents and current Auntie Anne's franchisees.

Operating under Tundratwist, LLC, Van Vactor and Winn will provide employment opportunities to the clients of Alyeska Vocational Services, a non-profit vocational rehabilitation agency that aims to help those with disabilities gain work experience and employment. Alyeska Vocational Services is a subsidiary of Washington Vocational Services, Van Vactor's Washington non-profit. Both of her locations in Washington -- the Auntie Anne's at Seattle Premium Outlets and the Auntie Anne's at Bellis Fair Mall -- operate under Washington Vocational Services, with the stores' profits supporting the program.

An award winning franchise system, Auntie Anne's is, it says, consistently ranked number one in the category of hand-rolled soft pretzels by Entrepreneur's Franchise 500, has received the World-Class Franchise® honor for the past four years, and "Best in Food Category" for Franchise Business Review's 2009 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. (kbp)

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