The Atlanta-based franchiser of Marble Slab Creamery has found a partner to open 30 ice-cream shops in Australia over the next decade.

Global Franchise Group LLC gained rights to Marble Slab in July when it purchased the franchise businesses of NexCen Brands Inc. Also included in the deal were eatery concepts Great American Cookies, MaggieMoo’s and Pretzelmaker, as well as retail outlets Shoebox New York and The Athlete’s Foot.

Global Franchise Group, an Atlanta affiliate of Los Angeles-based Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, signed the Australia franchise agreement with Miteco Pacific. The new locations will continue an expansion into Asia that began in 2009 with the opening of the first Marble Slab in Singapore.

Marble Slab has stores in Bahrain, Canada, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Oman, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

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