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Noodles & Company

Workforce

Noodles & Co. to add instant payment to its employee benefits

The fast-casual chain will also give workers access to a suite of “financial wellness” tools.

Marketing

Buffalo Wild Wings adds sports betting

Under a deal with MGM Resorts, customers will vie initially for prizes instead of cash, and can only collect on-premise. The chain will also develop sports bars within MGM properties.

Buoyed by the success of zucchini noodles, the fast casual is adding more plant-based items and a new rewards program as it gets ready to expand.

As delivery sales surge, along with their fees, the company is testing new prices for such orders to improve margins.

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The chain, which reported 4% comps growth in Q4 but fell short of expectations, is increasingly shifting to an off-premise focus.

But the fast-casual chain continued to generate strong sales thanks to zucchini noodles and off-premise business.

Tim Doherty was named the president and COO in May of the restaurant company his father started and built into one of the industry’s largest franchise operations. Like a lot of second-generation leaders of a family business, he found the job has its own set of challenges and joys.

Melissa Heidman was promoted to general counsel of the fast-casual chain.

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