Cinnabon has opened a bakery-cafe in downtown Tripoli, making it the first U.S. franchise to enter Libya. Cinnabon, based in Atlanta, is also looking to enter Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, said Mike Shattuck, president of Focus Brands International, parent company of Cinnabon and other brands.
To be fair, Cinnabon had planned to move into Libya before the revolution, but the subsequent regime change did not change its plans.
"We quickly halted everything because the revolution happened," said Shattuck. "Fortunately we were able to secure the location and it made it without serious damage."
In the first week of its opening, the Tripoli Cinnabon store logged $45,000 in sales, according to the company.