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Global Franchise Group announces the opening of Marble Slab Creamery® in Mexico City with expansion plans for additional stores throughout Mexico
ATLANTA – January 27, 2016 – Global Franchise Group (GFG), LLC, the franchisor of Marble Slab Creamery®, is proud to announce the opening of a new Marble Slab Creamery in Mexico City. Through an agreement with JCM Group, led by Manuel Saidi and Julian Ramon Brito Cuevas, Marble Slab Creamery is now open in Gran Sur Mall, one of the most popular entertainment destinations in Mexico City. The store offers Marble Slab’s fresh homemade ice cream with customizable mix-ins and ice cream cakes. It is the only ice cream shop in the area offering unlimited mix-ins for a set price. JCM Group has plans to open additional stores throughout Mexico in the future.
Marble Slab Creamery Mexico City is a large open store and is very accessible to foot traffic. The design of the shop has a modern twist featuring a digital menu board and an eye-catching video explaining the Marble Slab Creamery concept to customers. Located next to a bustling movie theatre and energetic neighborhood with homes, schools and offices, Marble Slab Creamery Mexico City provides a convenient and central location for people to satisfy their sweet tooth.
“Ice cream is extremely popular in Mexico, but it’s not always fresh and delicious. Mexico City is in for a real treat with the addition of Marble Slab Creamery,” said President and CEO of GFG, Chris Dull. “Marble Slab Creamery’s expansion into Mexico is another example of how GFG’s craveable brands are growing in popularity throughout the world. We are proud to now have more than 230 international locations in our all-brand portfolio.”
“Mexico City is a destination that has some of the best food in the world and we opened Marble Slab Creamery knowing people would appreciate our quality ingredients and delicious taste of our fresh ice cream, said Manuel Saidi, Partner of JCM Group. Julian Ramon Brito Cuevas, also a JCM Partner added, “We have received an extremely warm welcome at Gran Sur and we are far exceeding our expectations on consumer demand. We look forward to serving more customers and expanding the Marble Slab Creamery concept here in Mexico.”
Marble Slab Creamery in Mexico City is located at Gran Sur Mall, Periférico Sur 5550, Coyoacán, South Mexico City. The store’s website is
Marble Slab MX. Marble Slab Creamery has 136 international destinations in Bahrain, Canada, Guam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiton, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Singapore, and the United States.
About Marble Slab Creamery® – Visit Marble Slab
Marble Slab Creamery, a leading purveyor of chef created super-premium hand-mixed ice cream and the innovator of the frozen slab technique, was founded in 1983. Every batch of Marble Slab Creamery ice cream is fresh made in small batches in store using dairy from local farms and flavor ingredients from around the world. Today, Marble Slab Creamery is enjoyed by consumers across the globe with locations in, Bahrain, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Singapore, and the United States.
About Global Franchise Group, LLC – Visit Global Franchise Group
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a mission of championing franchise brands and the people who build them. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five primary quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, Hot Dog on a Stick™, Marble Slab Creamery®, MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery®, and Pretzelmaker®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is a portfolio company of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $7 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.
Chief Marketing Officer
Annica has more than 20 years of award-winning marketing experience and has been with GFG for 3 years. She joined the company from Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers where she was Vice President, Brand Development. In this role, Annica was responsible for the rebirth and growth in popularity of the 42-year-old eclectic brand through smart menu design and development, implementation of the Mellow Mushroom loyalty app and creation and rollout of its first online ordering system. Before her time with Mellow Mushroom, Annica was Vice President of Marketing for Mcalister’s Corporation and she spent the early part of her career at a prominent advertising agency in Mobile Alabama. She is graduate of Samford University in Birmingham where she earned her Bachelors in Marketing and MBA in Economics.
Chief Financial Officer
Patterson came to Global Franchise Group in April 2020 from FOCUS Brands where he served as Senior Vice President of Accounting. For the last eleven years, he was responsible for leading financials for Cinnabon, Carvel, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, McAlister’s Deli, Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice. He directed the organization through the transfer and integration of all accounting back-office functions for Auntie Anne’s from Pennsylvania, McAlister’s Deli from Mississippi, and Jamba Juice from Texas to Atlanta and converted a brand-centric accounting structure into a shared services organization. Before his time with FOCUS, he was Senior Vice President & Corporate Controller for Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video (NASDAQ: MOVI & MVGR), Vice President and Corporate Controller for Republic National Cabinet Corporation, and Corporate Controller for Wolverine Tube, Inc. (NYSE: WLV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, holds a master’s in business administration from Auburn University, and is a graduate of the University of Texas, Tyler.