Changes in the Restaurant Franchise Industry

Industry Info | Jul 7, 2022

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The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in some major changes for many industries, particularly the restaurant franchise industry. Fast casual restaurants had to adapt to the changing needs of customers who were spending more time at home and relying on delivery services. Even as restaurants slowly reopened, the demand for these services—including cashless payments and contactless pickup—remained. Continue reading to learn more about the recent changes the restaurant franchise industry endured and how Noodles & Company is adapting – and unveiling our new Uncommon Goodness brand platform – to keep franchise owners like you ahead of the curve.

Increased Demand for Delivery Services

The high demand for delivery services is one of the biggest and most recent changes in the restaurant franchise industry. Although this is undoubtedly the result of the pandemic and quarantine, many became accustomed to it and still crave the convenience and ease of having delicious food delivered directly to their doors.

Noodles & Company offers convenient delivery services to our customers, which means franchise owners like you can tap into this growing demand and keep your market happy and full of the Uncommon Goodness of Noodles’ delicious food. Not everyone always has time to go out or to make a homecooked meal. By offering your customers the option to have food delivered, you are reminding them that, no matter how busy their schedules are, your noodles franchise is an option.

Contactless Pickup at Your Fast Casual Franchise

Other recent changes that became a necessity for maintaining a thriving fast casual franchise are contactless pickup and cashless payments. Initially designed to limit face-to-face interactions and keep customers and employees safe, contactless pickup and cashless payment options are now an expectation many customers have when ordering food.

When you franchise with Noodles & Company, you can offer these options, so your customers can have the efficient and convenient experience they want out of a fast casual restaurant. For those who crave a safe and in-person dining experience, customers can also choose to eat inside or opt for patio seating at your restaurant. Together, we’ll help ensure there is nothing holding anyone back from choosing your Noodles & Company franchise for their next meal.

More Options for Food-Sensitive Groups

With the growing demand for healthier choices and options for food-sensitive groups, thriving restaurant franchises have adjusted their menus to become more inclusive. At Noodles & Company, our menu has something for everyone—including vegetarian, gluten sensitive, and low-calorie options. By providing a menu with choices that can appeal to even the most health-conscious customer, our franchise owners can secure a variety of customers, regardless of their dietary restrictions.

Find Out More About Owning a Noodles & Company Franchise

If you are eager to open a restaurant franchise that can keep up with the changing demands of the industry, now is the time to learn more about the Noodles & Company franchise. With the guidance and support of our team, you can feel confident that you will receive the tools you need to build and grow a thriving fast casual franchise. Reach out to us today to learn more about this exciting business opportunity and what you’ll need to get started.

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