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Press Release

April 26, 2019

Paradies Lagardère and Asheville Regional Airport Introduce Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon to Travelers

ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, and Asheville Regional Airport are proud to announce that Auntie Anne’s® and Cinnabon® are now open. Serving fresh, hot pretzels made on the spot since 1988, Auntie Anne’s has more than 1,500 locations around the world. Cinnabon, which opened its first location at the former SeaTac Mall in Seattle, Wash., in 1985, not only has millions of fans of its delicious cinnamon rolls and other treats, but locations in more than 50 countries. Paradies Lagardère excels at replicating the familiar quality, taste, and atmosphere of a favorite restaurant brand into an airport setting.


“Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon are immensely popular, and the Paradies Lagardère Dining Division is excited to bring these concepts to the Asheville Regional Airport,” said Regynald Washington, president, Paradies Lagardère Dining Division. “Travelers coming through the airport can find delicious, familiar treats at both Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon, along with refreshing beverages and hot coffee for a fun pick-me-up.”

“With growth comes exciting new opportunities to provide amenities for our passengers,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority.  “Paradies Lagardère has operated the Blue Ridge Tavern since 2011, and we are pleased to welcome their addition of Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon to the food and beverage offerings at AVL.”

Additional details:

Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s fans will find their favorite menu items at the Asheville Regional Airport location. Cinnabon’s world-famous cinnamon rolls will be available for purchase, along with Center of the Rolls, CinnaSweeties, and the new BonBites. Travelers can also purchase Cinnapacks of four rolls to take with them on their journey, or a hot cup of coffee.

Auntie Anne’s will offer its handmade pretzels in the classic flavor, along with others such as cinnamon sugar and pepperoni. Pretzel nuggets and pretzel dogs will also be available for purchase, along with its original lemonade, lemonade mixers, and bottled water.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers. Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. Paradies Lagardère also delivers high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Our commitment to exceptional customer service, superior design and award-winning store and restaurant operations and management, has earned the company numerous accolades from the travel industry, including being named Best Airport Retailer for 24 consecutive years by Airport Experience News magazine. Paradies Lagardère was also recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning an AXN Award for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Dylan’s Candy Bar concept. The company’s headquarters is in Atlanta, Ga., with an office in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit

Asheville Regional Airport is one of the fastest-growing small airports in the country, with 19 nonstop destinations served by six airlines. The airport just celebrated its fifth consecutive record year of growth and surpassed one million passengers in 2018 for the first time in its 58-year history. For more information, visit