Noodles & Company

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Sales fall 46% at Noodles due to COVID-19

The coronavirus wiped out the chain’s sales gains and forced it to temporarily cut some of its workforce and halt planned expansion.

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Noodles ready for return to ‘strong unit expansion’

With same-store sales growth and operational improvements, the fast casual says it plans to open 10 to 15 new units this year.

Tenzing Global Management bought up 5% of the fast-casual chain’s stock and plans to push changes, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Stacey Pool, who was previously a ski resort marketer, takes over for Mark Mears, who recently left the fast-casual chain.

Chas Hermann joined the chain in 2018, just before it mounted an impressive turnaround.

A roundup of items that are in the works or launching in chains.

With the introduction of cauliflower-infused noodles nationwide, the fast casual is hoping for another win with diners looking to up their vegetable intake.

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

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.

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