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Fresh Bread

Bread may be the staff of life, but it’s really pretty basic: flour, water, yeast, and salt, or some sort of substitute for the latter two. However, the way these items are combined, as well as other ingredients that are added, can make a huge difference in taste and texture, as quick-service operators are increasingly discovering.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Readies First NC Location

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced a signed agreement that will soon bring North Carolina’s first shop. Currently slated to open this winter, the shop is in development at Greensboro’s Westover Gallery of Shops, which is at 1310 Westover Terrace. The neighborhood hangout is slated to debut its signature sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes, and live music in December.

Potbelly Adds Ann-Marie Campbell to Board of Directors

Potbelly Corporation announced the appointment of Ann-Marie Campbell to its board of directors. Campbell is the president of Southern division for The Home Depot and has spent her career at The Home Depot progressing from associate to district manager to vice president prior to assuming her current role.

"We are pleased to have Ann-Marie join our board," says Aylwin Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer of Potbelly. "Her retail operational expertise and experience will add value to the company, as will her merchandising, sales, and marketing skills."

Nebraska’s First Potbelly Slated to Open in Omaha

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced an agreement that will soon bring Nebraska its first shop. Currently slated to open in Omaha in early November, the shop will be located at 2056 N. 117th Avenue, conveniently situated near the intersection of 120th and Blondo in the North Park Shopping Center. The restaurant will feature its toasted sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes, and live, local music.

Craig Frantz, managing owner of the new sandwich shop, is a Nebraska native with close community connections and an extensive background in business management and operations.

Potbelly's Set to Open Its First Arkansas Location

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced a signed agreement that will soon bring Arkansas its first shop.

Currently slated to open this summer, the shop is in development at Little Rock’s Park Avenue shopping center at 314 S. University Avenue.

Ryan Hamra, the new sandwich shop’s operating partner, is a Little Rock native and the operator of North Little Rock’s Blue Coast Burrito. Hamra will open the shop with his business partner, Mark Needler. 

Susan Chapman-Hughes Joins Potbelly Board of Directors

Potbelly Corporation announced that Susan Chapman-Hughes has been appointed to Potbelly's board of directors. Chapman-Hughes is senior vice president of U.S. account development global corporate payments for American Express Company. Chapman-Hughes has been with American Express since 2010, and prior to that, she worked at Citigroup Inc. as global CAO/global head of operations and strategy for Citi Realty Services.

Potbelly Lands First Store in North Dakota

Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced an agreement that will soon bring North Dakota its first shop. Currently slated to open this summer, the shop is in development at Fargo’s new Prairie Stone Center at 4445 17th Ave. S. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout will feature its sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes, and live, local music this summer.

 

Public Domain

In the last few years, Wall Street has shown an increased appetite for restaurant companies as a whole, and it’s fast-casual brands in particular that increasingly grab investors’ attention.

That was perhaps no more evident than in 2013, when enthusiasm for fast-casual restaurant concepts reached new heights with gangbuster initial public offerings (IPO) from Potbelly and Noodles & Company. The IPOs raised about $100 million each, and stock prices of both companies more than doubled on their opening days of trading.

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