Great American Cookies® Celebrates National Cookie Month TODAY -- Monday, October 1st with FREE Cookies ALL Day Long

ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Great American Cookies® announced today that it will be celebrating the kickoff of National Cookie Month today by once again giving FREE chocolate chip cookies to customers all day long*. The cookie giveaway will help to kick off the company's month long literacy campaign; Reading is SWEET™, taking place at Great American Cookies locations nationwide. Great American Cookies is managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group.

Great American Cookies is hosting its third annual Reading is SWEET!National Book Drive to benefit local libraries and charities across the country. The company, which created the program in 2010 to celebrate October as National Cookie Month and National Book Month, collected more than 12,000 books in the last couple years. The 2012 Reading is SWEET! National Book Drive kicks off on October 1 with a FREE Original Chocolate Chip cookie giveaway at participating Great American Cookies locations. Throughout October, customers can receive a free cookie of their choice by donating a new or gently read book at their local Great American Cookies store*. All books collected at each store will be offered as a donation to a local branch of the public library or a local charity. More information on the program, including a list of participating stores, is available at www.GreatAmericanCookies.com.

Customers can stay up to date on all of Great American Cookies' new products and promotions by becoming a fan on Facebook® (www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies), following the brand on Twitter® (www.twitter.com/Gr8AmCookies) or by joining Great American Cookies' e-mail fan club (CookiE-mail) at www.GreatAmericanCookies.com.

*Limit one cookie per guest per day during the promotion. Counts vary by store. Valid only at participating U.S.

About Great American Cookies® www.greatamericancookies.com
Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 35 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Chile, Guam, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

About Global Franchise Group, LLC www.globalfranchise.com
Global Franchise Group, LLC is a strategic brand management company with a focus on franchising. The company owns a portfolio of franchise brands that includes five quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise concepts: Great American Cookies®, MaggieMoo's®, Marble Slab Creamery®, Pretzelmaker® and Pretzel Time®, as well as two retail franchise concepts: TAF® and Shoebox New York®. The brands are managed by GFG Management, LLC, a subsidiary of Global Franchise Group, LLC. Global Franchise Group, LLC is an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm, with approximately $5 billion of capital under management and substantial franchise management experience.

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