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Noodles & Company

Type of business: Fast casual restaurant.

Main location: 219 Daniel Webster Highway. ...

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Type of business: Fast casual restaurant.

Main location: 219 Daniel Webster Highway.

Website: www.noodles.com.

Social media: www.

Date will begin doing business in southern New Hampshire: July 16.

Date will open at this location: July 16.

Is this a franchise? Yes.

Owner: Mike Hamra.

Manager: Josh Gagne.

Days/hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

Highlights of products and services: Founded in 1995, Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain that serves classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world. Known as Your World Kitchen, Noodles & Company’s globally inspired menu consists of more than 25 fresh, customizable noodle bowls, salads, soups and sandwiches that are prepared quickly using quality ingredients. From healthy to indulgent, spicy to comforting, the menu provides favorites for everyone from kids to adults. Popular dishes include the Med Salad with grilled chicken, spicy Indonesian Peanut Saute and creamy Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

Names and backgrounds of the key leaders: Mike Hamra is president and CEO of Hamra Enterprises. Hamra Enterprises is a family-owned company and includes Wendy’s of Missouri Inc., with 34 Wendy’s restaurants in Kansas and Missouri; Boston Bread LLC, with 16 Panera Bread bakery-cafe locations in Greater Boston; Chicago Bread LLC, with 33 Panera Bread bakery-cafe locations in Greater Chicago; Hamra Noodles LLC, a franchisee of Noodles & Company in New England; and a Holiday Inn Express in Lewisville, Texas.

History of business: On July 16, Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, will celebrate its first New Hampshire location in Nashua. The Nashua restaurant is located in the Daniel Webster Shops on Daniel Webster Highway. The fast-casual restaurant serves fresh, fast globally inspired dishes that are cooked to order with quality ingredients.

What’s the biggest challenge facing your type of business, and how are you approaching it? There are many dining options out in the marketplace, and we need to help educate residents of the amazing quality of our dishes, the great dining experience they’ll have at Noodles and the affordable prices. We encourage people to join our Noodlegram, which is our emails we send to patrons to let them know about new menu options, new locations, etc.

What’s the biggest change you would like to see in the business climate in this area? We’re excited to open the very first Noodles in the state with our Nashua location. It’s a growing area and a great place for us to be.

What else should the readers know about your business? Noodles & Company is a community partner and we offer fundraising opportunities for local organizations. With our diverse menu options to fit many different palates and dietary restrictions, our healthy options, variety and made to order fresh dishes, we’re excited to be in Nashua and bring something new to residents.