When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell started Bruegger's in 1983, they actually founded the retail bagel concept. Until then, bagels were considered mostly an ethnic food and were not  very well known outside of New York. At that time, less than one-third of Americans had ever tasted a bagel!

From their home base in Burlington, Vermont, Brue and Dressell pioneered a new concept that expanded the traditional bagel bakery into a quick service bakery, with premium specialty cream cheeses, custom-made sandwiches, signature soups, and exceptional coffee. They worked with a professional bagel baker from New York City for 2 1/2 years to perfect their recipe and baking process.

In 2004, Bruegger's welcomed new ownership and expanded beyond bagels into breads, wraps, and other lunchtime menu items, and began updating bakeries to reflect the welcoming feel of a New England farmhouse-inspired bakery-café into which Bruegger's has evolved.

In 1995, Shawn W. Carter, a time-proven operator of quick serve food establishments, became a minority investor / partner in Tucson Bagel Company, LLC.  Over the years, Mr. Carter increased his involvement and ownership in the company. Today, Mr. Carter is the sole owner / full time operator of Tucson Bagel Company, LLC, which operates 10 Bruegger's Bakeries in Tucson.


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