Industry News | November 12, 2012

Noodles & Company Joins Forces with Doherty Enterprises

Noodles & Company, the fast-casual restaurant concept with more than 300 locations throughout the U.S. that features a collection of dishes from around the world, announces an area development agreement with Doherty Enterprises, the 10th largest restaurant franchise in the United States. Through the partnership, the Noodles & Company brand is able to announce additional restaurants planned for the New York metro area.  The first restaurant will be located at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza, the first new shopping center constructed in Garden City along Old Country Road, and is slated to open in early 2013.  

This agreement with Doherty Enterprises is part of a multi-phased development effort to enter the Northeast, which also includes recent announcements detailing other locations and openings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The brand opened the first Noodles & Company restaurant in the northeast on October 3, 2012. As Noodles sets its expansion plans to include new markets, specifically in the Northeast, the brand is attracting and partnering with proven best-in-class franchise operators, like Doherty Enterprises.
“For our company, adding a group like Doherty Enterprises as a franchise partner points to our success in attracting the best talent in the restaurant industry. As we begin our expansion into the New York and New England regions, we could not have found a stronger partner for the Long Island market. There are very few restaurant operators who have achieved their levels of growth and success while setting the bar for everyone in terms of quality and guest service.” says J.B. Hewetson, franchise director of Noodles & Company. 
“We are excited to become part of the Noodles & Company family as we believe this is a great concept that will serve as an excellent addition to the Doherty Enterprise franchise. Noodles & Company will be another great way for us to WOW our guests, every time,” says Ed Choe, president of Doherty Enterprises. 
Noodles & Company has a proven record of smart, disciplined growth and success. The brand was recently ranked one of the top 10 fastest-growing chains by Technomic and Inc. magazine and is noted as one of the fastest-growing restaurant concepts in the last five years. The brand has tripled in size in the last seven years with double-digit annual growth since 2008.  Noodles & Company has delivered especially strong performance in the past several years with positive same-store sales in 25 of the last 26 quarters. Noodles will reach approximately 330 units by the end of 2012.

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