Bakery Concept ‘Cinnaholic’ Expanding Locations in Calgary Market [Interview]


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Gourmet cinnamon roll bakery Cinnaholic is expanding in the Calgary market.

President of Cinnaholic Calgary, Robby Teja, has the rights for the brand in Calgary and Airdrie, said the company currently has two locations.

Another location will open in the Township Shopping Centre in the southwest neighbourhood of Legacy in a few months followed by one in northwest Calgary right after that.

“We’re going to have four in Calgary and one in Airdrie,” he said.

Cinnaholic is the original, gourmet cinnamon roll bakery, acclaimed for serving “create your own” cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats like made from scratch brownies, cookies and edible cookie dough. Cinnaholic offers something to satisfy every sweet tooth, with products that are fresh baked and 100 per cent vegan, dairy and lactose free, egg-free and cholesterol-free.

Image: Cinnaholic Calgary

The first location opened last year at the corner of 17th Avenue and 5th Street S.W., in the Beltline area. The second location just opened at the South Trail Crossing at 130th Avenue S.E.

“The Township location will open in June or July of this year. The northwest one we’re just signing a lease for (in the Royal Oak area) and we’re signing a lease in Airdrie soon as well,” said Teja.

“When Cinnaholic first opened its doors last year, Calgarians welcomed us with overwhelming enthusiasm and the demand has only grown stronger. That’s why we’re thrilled to serve Calgary and Airdrie with more mouth-watering cinnamon rolls made with the highest quality, animal-free ingredients.

“Cinnaholic is a gourmet cinnamon roll company. We actually have customized toppings. We have 20 different frosting flavours and 20 different topping flavours. The real big thing is we’re 100 per cent vegan. All of our items are vegan. There’s no dairy or eggs in our products.”

All products are fresh-baked and Cinnaholic has over 80 locations across Canada and the U.S. 

Image: Cinnaholic Calgary
Image: Cinnaholic

Teja has the rights for Calgary and Airdrie.

“I feel in the City of Calgary five could work. I would think so. So each store would be busy. We don’t want to flood the market like Subway. I would say five could work in Calgary. Right now I have four I’m really interested in. I might put a fifth one, I’m not too sure yet,” he said.

“I feel in the 2020s vegan has been a huge thing with everybody. Now there’s actually vegan franchises like a McDonald’s with Odd Burger. I feel vegan is in now. People are liking plant-based more. So I really feel that was one good thing we went to the market with.

“A lot of our customers don’t know we’re vegan so it’s great and they enjoy it. And a lot of people know we are vegan and they can actually now eat dairy like they couldn’t before.”

Typical sizes of the locations are about 1,000 to 1,200 square feet with some seating area.

Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.


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