CONCORD — There is good news for Concord residents with a sweet tooth.

Cinnaholic, the gourmet-cinnamon-roll bakery acclaimed for serving innovative cinnamon-roll creations, has announced that its third metro Charlotte location will open Friday, Feb. 28, at 3050 Derita Road in Concord. In a special grand-opening deal, the bakery will be offering cinnamon rolls for only $1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on opening day.

The grand opening signifies meaningful and continued growth for the gourmet-cinnamon-roll chain. The Concord location joins nearly 40 existing locations in 15 states and Canada. Cinnaholic gained national attention after the company was featured on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.” The fast-growing brand was also recently featured on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list.

Cinnaholic began franchising in 2014 and has over 100 units in development, including in the Raleigh, Atlanta, Birmingham and Tampa markets.

“There is a tremendous amount of excitement to serve our award-winning cinnamon rolls to the people of Concord,” said Melissa Gilley, owner of the new Cinnaholic location. “I’m happy to be serving desserts that cater to those with dietary restrictions and provide a space for everyone to feel welcomed,” said Gilley, who is opening the bakery with her husband, Chris.

In addition to opening Cinnaholic, Melissa and Chris have backgrounds in the hospitality industry, where they gained the customer service and management skills needed to effectively run their Cinnaholic bakery. The duo is excited to offer jobs to people with different abilities, inspired by their son who has cerebral palsy, as well as serve delicious, allergy-friendly desserts to the community.

Customers can choose from a variety of Cinnaholic’s signature frosting flavors and toppings to create their own mouthwatering cinnamon roll experience. Customers can expect nothing less than the highest quality ingredients, as the plant-based bakery franchise was founded upon a commitment that all ingredients must be animal-free and free of dairy, lactose, eggs and cholesterol. The bakery will also serve local coffee.

“Melissa and Chris are the perfect partners to grow the Cinnaholic brand in Concord,” said Spencer Reid, president of Cinnaholic. “Their commitment to the community is outstanding, and they truly understand the Cinnaholic concept and business model.”

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