Middlebury-based Rise ’N Roll Bakery & Deli announced it’s reached a deal with a new franchisee to open a store on Mishawaka’s Grape Road.
Tom and Sue Fuller hope to open the store by early March in the former Alltronics Plaza at 3915 Grape Road, just north of Edison Road, in the former Kabob House space.
It will be the third Rise ’N Roll franchise, joining those in Nappanee and Fort Wayne.
Last spring the company, known for its cinnamon caramel donuts and nut crunch, announced it was partnering with another franchisee who was eyeing the same location, but that deal fell through. Sue Fuller said she and her husband looked at many of the same locations as the first potential franchisees.
“This is centrally located to serve South Bend, Notre Dame, Granger and Mishawaka,” she said.
She noted some friends and family have expressed concern about the site’s proximity to the Grape/Edison intersection, so there also will be an entrance off Edison, running behind the Marathon station and Citywide Liquors stores.
The new location will offer a full line of products, including a variety of fresh, preservative-free baked goods, donuts, nut crunches, meats, cheeses, jams and jellies, gluten-free products and more. It will serve pizza and ice cream.
Everything will be made at the Middlebury headquarters and delivered daily to Mishawaka.
“For quality control, everything will be the same because it’s coming from the Middlebury store,” Sue said.
The shop will carry a variety of Amish lunch meats and cheeses at very reasonable prices, and will also be able to slice meat and cheeses to order. There will also be made-to-order breakfast and lunch menus for take-out or dine-in, featuring subs, wraps, salads and soups.
Tentative hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays.
Sue will leave her 31-year career as an orthopedic medical assistant, while Tom retired as a mechanical engineer from Bosch Braking Systems.
“We’re extremely excited to bring Rise ’N Roll to the Mishawaka area,” she said, “to better serve customers and make new customers. There seems to be a lot of demand in the area and this will make it more convenient. We believe in the product and we’re passionate about the product.”