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Marie Callendar's Founder Dies

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“He insisted on only the best ingredients,” the franchise's operator Gerald Tanaka said of Don Callendar, who passed away on Wednesday. The Marie Callendar's opened in 1948 when Callender helped his mother Marie take her home-based bakery into a wholesale pie business. "The first pie and coffee shop later opened in 1964 in Orange," Fast Food Maven Nancy Luna wrote. Apparently, Callendar was one of the first in the business to build restaurants via franchising.