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BLIMPIE INTERNATIONAL, INC. SIGNS FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS WITH UNI-MART, JUNIOR FOOD MART, CAMP OIL, WORSLEY COMPANIES AND F.L. ROBERTS

 NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- BLIMPIE International, Inc. (NASDAQ: BMPE) has announced that it has entered into franchise agreements with both Uni-Mart and Junior Food Mart convenience store chains, as well as the gas station/food marts operated by Camp Oil, Worsley Companies and F.L. Roberts.
 Currently, 29 BLIMPIE outlets are operating in "non-traditional" locations such as Kum & Go and Ice Box food stores, Texaco Food Marts, Home Depot and Smith Food and Drug Centers. ARA Services also acts as the company's franchisee on the campuses of the University of Texas, Oklahoma State University and Houston Baptist University.
 The company recently announced a five-store projected test with the Circle K Corporation. These outlets are due to open within the next several months. Racetrac Petroleum and Sprint Foods also have outlets under development.
 "We are making substantial progress toward accomplishing our strategy of building new points of distribution for our chain," said Anthony Conza, CEO of BLIMPIE International.
 "While we cannot expect chains like Circle K to install BLIMPIE restaurants in all of their 2,500 stores, or Uni-Mart to put us in 100 percent of their 460 stores, it would not be unreasonable to think that BLIMPIE can capture a portion of their locations," Mr. Conza concluded.
 Mr. Conza was a founder of the New York City-based BLIMPIE, which commenced operations in 1964. The chain, which has franchises in 35 states, including Hawaii, franchises 560 of the 670 operating BLIMPIE restaurants. BLIMPIE plans to add more than 200 locations in 1994.
 A notable feature of every BLIMPIE hot or cold sandwich is its freshness. All meats and cheeses are sliced when ordered, and fresh bread is baked daily, on the premises. The restaurant chain estimates that during 1993 it prepared and served 20 million sandwiches. Since opening, the chain has sold more than one-half billion sandwiches.
 BLIMPIE International, Inc. trades on the NASDAQ system under the symbol BMPE.
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