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Marry Harrington poses for a picture in front of her Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchise at Indian Mound Mall.(Photo: Jessica Phelps/The Advocate)Buy PhotoHEATH From volleyball to pretzels, Mary Harrington knows the way. Now owner of the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchise at Indian Mound Mall, she was a stand out volleyball player and still coaches.
“I’m originally from Newark,” she said, “the youngest of five children who all attended Newark Catholic High School, and am part of the rich female sports tradition at NCHS.”
While at Newark Catholic from 1978 1982, Harrington, now 53, was the starting setter for two state championship volleyball teams. It earned her a volleyball scholarship at Ohio University from 1982 1986.
“Currently I coach varsity volleyball at Newark Catholic,” she continued. “I had coached 10 years of Division I volleyball before starting a family.”
That was at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey from 1987 1990 and then James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 1990 1995. She was named Coach of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association in 1991.
Then came pretzels.
“Mary is a valuable part of the Indian Mound Mall family,” said Joe Williams, the general manager at the mall. “Her work ethic is second to none, she is one of the first people here every morning. She understands our industry, what works,
and has re invested into her brand (and our center) through the renovation of her store.”
Auntie Anne’s started in 1988 when Anne and Jonas Beiler bought a stand at a farmer’s market in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. After some experimentation, “Auntie” Anne’s Pretzels was born. There are now reportedly more than 1,500 locations around the world.
Harrington and her husband, Wes, bought their first franchise in Virginia.
“We bought the Charlottesville, Virginia location in 1995 from an ailing franchisee,” she said.”I had been coaching volleyball at James Madison University on Harrisonburg, VA.”
They eventually sold the Virginia location and opened the Indian Mound Mall store on February 15, 2001.
“We were one of the first Auntie Anne’s franchise transfers,” she added.
“I still get to coach and teach,” she concluded.”I’m just teaching young adults how to roll pretzels and be responsible employees.”
For moreAuntie Anne’s Pretzels is in the Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th Street, in Heath. For more information, call 740 522 0669.
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