Atlanta fast- and novelty-food franchisor Focus Brands says it plans 20 Carvel ice cream and 10 Cinnabon pastry shops that employ some 400 in the Hartford area within two years.
Focus says it has scheduled an Aug. 8 Hartford market tour to solicit franchisees for locations in area malls, strip centers and other locations.
Focus operates more than 3,300 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in 47 states and 42 countries.
There are 26 Carvels anad four Cinnabon outlets already in Connecticut.
Focus franchises also include Moe's Southwest Grill restaurants, eight of which are in the state.