Great Harvest Bread Co. has kept its momentum going in the first half of the year, as the bakery café franchise has opened four new locations, two transfers with three more scheduled to open this summer. Last year, five new locations opened and the company accepted 18 signed franchise agreements.

Known for freshly-milled wheat, gourmet sweets and sandwiches, Great Harvest will now serve more communities in ten states: Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The stores slated to open this summer are based in Woodbury, New York; Tyler, Texas; and Wasilla, Alaska. The Woodbury store will mark the company’s first New York City Metro location.

Additional cities with Great Harvest locations in development include Summerlin, Nevada; Boulder, Colorado; American Fork, Utah; Peoria, Illinois; Elkins, West Virginia; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“We have a bakery cafe menu designed to meet the needs of the consumers ever growing desire for fresh-made, quality to-go products and convenient ‘comfort food’ options,” says Eric Keshin, president and chief marketing officer of Great Harvest. “Our affordable square footage options paired with the rising advantage of readily available restaurant space, gives franchise candidates a uniquely timed investment opportunity to get ahead of.”