Auntie Anne s
The chain started as a market stand in the Downingtown, Pennsylvania Farmer's Market. In the same year, Auntie Anne's expanded to eight locations in the state of Pennsylvania, after the first bakery opened in Harrisburg. The first mall location was the Park City Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1989. By 1990, the bakery chain spread to nine other states with 50 locations. In 1992, the first Auntie Anne's airport location opened at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The year 1995 brought its first train station store at Penn Station in New York City. By 2005, there were 887 bakeries in 45 states and twelve countries.
From 1999 through 2009, Auntie Anne’s and its franchisees partnered to donate more than $4.5 million to local children’s hospitals across the country through the Children's Miracle Network.
In October 2006, it was announced that the Auntie Anne's corporate headquarters would be relocated from the town of Gap to downtown Lancaster. The former site of the Lancaster Post Office was purchased for $7 million by Auntie Anne's, Inc. The building itself was constructed in 1927, and stands at three stories tall on about 1.5 acres (6,100 m2). The building maintains the original 1920s features such as brass doors, high ceilings, and skylights. The Lancaster Post Office was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.