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Perkins and Marie Callender’s History
Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. operates two restaurant concepts. Perkins Restaurant and Bakery is a full-service family dining restaurant that serves a wide variety of high quality, moderately-priced, breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees. Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery is a mid-priced, casual-dining restaurant that specializes in the sale of pies and other bakery items. The company also has a bakery goods manufacturing division, Foxtail Foods, which manufactures pies, pancake mix, cookie doughs, and muffin batters for in-store bakeries and third party customers.
Founded in 1958, Perkins is the leading operator and franchisor of nearly 500 full-service family dining restaurants located primarily in the Midwest, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Fifty years after its beginning as a single pancake house in Ohio, Perkins continues to offer guests personalized service and high quality food at a great value.
• The Perkins system includes 163 company-owned and operated restaurants and 320 franchised units. More than 50% of Perkins Restaurants are located in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin.
• The Company and its franchisees employ approximately 25,000, encompassing both full and part time positions.
• Core menu items at Perkins include its famous pancakes, unique premium omelettes, juicy USDA choice steaks, salads, and signature melt sandwiches. Perkins menu development and innovation ensures that all product offerings recognize and address consumers changing tastes and preferences.
• Perkins in-store bakeries provide a unique point of difference for the restaurant chain, serving a mouth-watering selection of premium freshly baked Mammoth Muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes and specialty pastries each and every day.
Founded in 1948, Marie Callender's, which dominates California and the southwest, operates 92 company and 42 franchised restaurants.
Marie Callender’s was established when Marie’s great cooking and passion for making delicious pies inspired her to bake pies for local restaurants. Marie and her family sold their car for $700 and used the money to pay for one month’s rent on a reconverted World War II army Quonset hut and down payment on a small oven, refrigerator, rolling pin and kitchen tools. Marie’s pies quickly became a hit and she went from baking 10 pies to 40 pies a day.
Marie and her family opened their first restaurant on Orange, Calif. At first, only Marie’s pies were served, but eventually her classic and traditional food entrées were discovered.
As of 2008, with over 135 restaurants in 10 states, we’re proud to celebrate 60 years of tradition inspired by Marie.
The combination of the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery chain with Marie Callender's occurred in May 2006.
Vision
Perkins & Marie Callender’s Culture

Our objective is to provide a totally satisfying, memorable dining experience. Achievement of this requires the consistent delivery of:

• FOOD with unmatched quality and taste (our breakfast products are the standard).

• SERVICE that is always personable, energetic, and accommodating for special needs.

• ATMOSPHERE and surroundings that are clean, safe, comfortable, and inviting.

Our goal is to provide 100% guest satisfaction on every visit, and to ensure that our guests view Perkins as the best restaurant value in town!
People
Perkins & Marie Callenders Guiding Principles

We embrace the following principles to guide our interaction with one another and throughout our company. We believe that when we all practice these principles, we will achieve our company objectives, and that Perkins will emerge as an industry leader.

Value People
We respect one another for our talent, creativity and individual differences. We bring our greatest individual strengths to achieve success as a team. We challenge each other to be better and hold ourselves and each other to these standards.

High Integrity
We pledge to be honest, candid, and above board in all our interactions. We look for the best in all team members as we work toward our common goals. We will resolve conflicts face-to-face and will never make others look bad to advance our position.

Promise
We commit ourselves to the promise of 100% Guest Satisfaction on Every Visit. We further recognize our employees are our greatest assets to ensure service excellence. Their ideas will be encouraged, valued, and implemented.

Performance
We are committed to providing the highest possible return on our stakeholders’ investment. We will plan effectively and carry out the strategies to achieve long term success for the company, its leaders and its employees.
Culture
Perkins & Marie Callender’s Philanthropy "Charity Begins at Home." That's why the Perkins family of restaurants works with Give Kids The World, a nonprofit organization that fulfills dream wish vacations to Central Florida for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the World. Give Kids The World operates a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for these children and their families. Give Kids The World provides accommodations at its whimsical Village, donated attractions tickets, meals at its Gingerbread House Restaurant and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations, and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 85,000 families from all 50 states and 60 countries. Perkins has supported Give Kids The World for more than 15 years. In addition to annual fundraising efforts, our ongoing activities for Give Kids The World include community-oriented events and specially-marked coin boxes for spare change in the lobbies of most Perkins restaurants. We also operate the Gingerbread House Restaurant located at Give Kids The World Village. This 200-seat restaurant serves over 200,000 free meals to Give Kids The World guests each year.

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