Great American Cookies Opens 400th Location

by Katie Lee

Los Angeles — Great American Cookies has opened its 400th location. Since its inception in 1977, the iconic chain, known for its original chocolate chip cookie recipe, has spread to 31 states and five countries around the world.

In the last 2 years, the brand has opened 73 new locations and entered new states such as Alaska, Arizona, Illinois and New Mexico. The steady expansion of the brand can be attributed, in part, to its successful co-branding model with sister brand Marble Slab Creamery. Launching in 2009, there are now more than 179 co-branded locations worldwide. Additionally, with the recent acquisition of the Nestle Toll House Café by Chip franchise business in May 2022, more than 50 locations have been converted to Great American Cookies.

“For the last 46 years, we have proven that Great American Cookies is a strong franchise concept that stands the test of time,” says Allison Lauenstein, president of Great American Cookies. “While the space has gained new entrants over the years, our customers continue to celebrate their milestones with our Original Cookie Cakes and create sweet memories with our fresh-baked cookies. Opening our 400th location is an incredible achievement that we dedicate to our amazing franchisees and raving fans.”

FAT Brands is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets and develops fast-casual, quick-service, casual dining and polished casual-dining concepts around the world. The company currently owns 17 restaurant brands: Round Table Pizza, Fatburger, Marble Slab Creamery, Johnny Rockets, Fazoli’s, Twin Peaks, Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Buffalo’s Cafe & Express, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Pretzelmaker, Elevation Burger, Native Grill & Wings, Yalla Mediterranean and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, and franchises and owns over 2,300 units worldwide. For more information, visit

Founded on a family chocolate chip cookie recipe in 1977, Great American Cookies has 400 bakeries across the country and internationally in Bahrain, Guam and Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit


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