New World Coffee-Manhattan Bagel, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWCI) yesterday announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Determination on September 7, 2001 asserting violations of two rules and that its securities are, therefore, subject to delisting from the Nasdaq National Market. New World is filing an appeal, and has requested a hearing before a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel to review the Staff Determination. There can be no assurance the Panel will grant the Company’s request for continued listing.

According to the Nasdaq staff, the Company violated Marketplace Rule 4350(i)(1)©(ii)(b) — issuing more than 20% of its common stock in connection with an acquisition — and Marketplace Rule 4350(i)(1)(D)(ii) — issuing more than 20% of its common stock below market or book value — in each case without prior stockholder approval.

“We are seeking a hearing before a Nasdaq appeal panel,” said New World Chairman Ramin Kamfar. “In addition, we are confident we will be able to fulfill the requirements to relist our common stock on a suitable exchange.”

New World is the nation’s largest bagel bakery company and a leader in the ‘fast casual’ sandwich industry. The Company operates stores primarily under the Einstein Bros and Noah’s New York Bagels brands, and primarily franchises stores under the Manhattan Bagel Company and Chesapeake Bagel Bakery brands. As of July 3, 2001 the Company’s retail system consisted of 499 company-owned stores and 303 franchised and licensed stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The Company also operates four dough production facilities and a coffee roasting plant.

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