Soft pretzel chain opens next locations


The Ben's Soft Pretzels chain sells "jumbo" soft pretzels, sticks, bites, hot dogs and pockets. Photo via

A soft pretzel franchise is growing its West Michigan footprint.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels has opened two more locations in the region.

The first Grand Rapids-area location opened last month in Walker at the Wilson Avenue Meijer.

The chain’s newest location in the market opened last week in Grand Haven at the Meijer off U.S. 31.

There are nine Ben’s Soft Pretzels locations in Michigan, including Kalamazoo, Sturgis and Coldwater.


The Elkhart, Ind.-based chain has more than 50 locations, mostly in Indiana.

The company was founded in 2008 by Scott Jones, Brian Krider and Ben Miller, a third-generation Amish baker.


The chain’s menu features “jumbo” soft pretzels and several other pretzel-based items: sticks, bites, hot dogs and Italian pockets.

The pretzels are baked and then topped with parmesan cheese, cinnamon and sugar, sour cream and onion, garlic or original salt.

Ben’s Soft Pretzels also offers 10 dipping sauces: vanilla icing, caramel, hot fudge, cheddar cheese, marinara, Amish sweet mustard, nacho cheese, yellow mustard, cream cheese and spicy mustard. 

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