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Franchise Influencers: Mark Mele, Chief Development Officer, Paris Baguette

As part of our annual Influencer Issue, 1851 Franchise has enlisted the help of the franchise community to compile a list of the top people making moves in the franchise industry.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
Updated 10:10AM 03/24/23

Mark Mele

Chief Development Officer

Mele joined the global bakery café concept Paris Baguette* as Chief Development Officer in 2020 to further its franchise development efforts. He has more than 30 years of experience in franchising, and has previously developed hotels for Carlson Companies Worldwide, real estate franchises for Century 21 Real Estate Corporation and brands in the K-12 Supplemental Education space.

About Paris BaguetteParis Baguette is a bakery café franchise with more than 4,000 units across the globe. The brand first started franchising in 2015 in the U.S. and has since established 120 locations in markets across the country, making it one of the premier franchise opportunities in its category. Paris Baguette’s primary mission, executed every day by its expert staff of bakers, cakers and baristas, is to share moments of joy with customers and help customers share moments of joy with their friends and family by providing world-class cakes, pastries, coffees, breads and other French-inspired bakery café fare.

Total Locations: 4,000+

Investment Range: $635,765 to $1,693,600

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*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.