New World Coffee-Manhattan Bagel, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWCI – news) announced today that it has acquired six company-owned stores operating under the Lots ‘A Bagels name in the Colorado Springs, Colo. market. New World intends to sell these stores to third parties as Manhattan Bagel branded franchised locations.
The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings immediately. All of the former Lots ‘A Bagels stores will use dough and cream cheese produced in Manhattan Bagel’s Eatontown, NJ factory and coffee roasted at the New World plant in Branford, CT.
This latest acquisition follows New World’s purchase in late May of the leases and store operating assets of 17 company-owned New York Bagel stores in Oklahoma and Kansas. At that time, New World also acquired Bank of America’s lien rights to substantially all of the remaining assets of New York Bagel Enterprises, Inc. and its Lots ‘A Bagels, Inc., affiliate, which is also a Chapter 11 debtor.
In addition to the leases, store operating assets and lien rights, New World in May also acquired all rights to the New York Bagel tradename and trademarks, and may take ownership of New York Bagel Enterprises, Inc.’s rights under its franchise agreements with approximately 13 franchisees.
New World Coffee-Manhattan Bagel, Inc. currently franchises, licenses or owns stores under its four brands in 28 states and Washington, D.C. The Company is vertically integrated in bagel dough and cream cheese manufacturing, and coffee roasting, with plants in New Jersey, California and Connecticut.
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