BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Noodles & Company, the restaurant brand that features a collection of dishes from around the world, announced today the opening of its 300th systemwide restaurant. The 300th restaurant is located in Waterloo, Iowa, on Crossroads Boulevard.
To commemorate the landmark event, Noodles & Company invited hundreds of loyal fans to form a huge "300" on the ground and an aerial photo was taken from a helicopter. The photo was staged at Valley Lutheran School, and for every participant present, $1 was donated to the school.
"We're thrilled about this achievement and the opening of our 300th restaurant," said Kevin Reddy, CEO and chairman of Noodles & Company. "It's an exciting time at Noodles, and we're so happy to have celebrated with new and loyal fans from Waterloo and around the state. We look forward to our continued growth and introducing Noodles to more neighborhoods in Iowa and across the U.S."
Noodles' 300th opening marks the seventh restaurant to open in Iowa and the fifteenth restaurant to open in 2012, with a dozen or more planned by the end of the year. Iowa has been a focus for Noodles for several years due to the brand's strong presence in surrounding markets and the vibrancy of the state's economy. Noodles plans to open a second Des Moines location later this fall and currently employs nearly 150 people in the state.
As one of the industry's fastest growing and most successful restaurant concepts, Noodles has tripled in size in the last seven years. With positive same-store sales in 25 of the last 26 quarters, the expansion in Iowa is evidence of the brand's success.
ABOUT NOODLES & COMPANY
Noodles & Company was founded in 1995 with the opening of its first restaurant in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Noodles & Company is a collection of more than 300 neighborhood restaurants in 23 states and growing.
Noodles & Company features a collection of timeless dishes from around the world. From spicy and savory to light and healthy, we have favorites for both kids and adults. Every dish is prepared fresh with a commitment to quality ingredients. Because the food isn't prepackaged, each dish is customizable to diet and taste preferences. The restaurant delivers these fresh, made- to-order dishes within minutes of ordering right to the table on real china with real silverware. For more information, visit http://www.noodles.com/.
SOURCE Noodles & Company