From First Handshake to Opening Day: What Franchisees Can Expect

Franchise Insights | Apr 4, 2023

Noodles & Company employee and manager talking

Whether you’re a seasoned, multi-unit empire builder, or an ambitious entrepreneur looking to start a portfolio of your own – Noodles & Company provides all franchisees more than just a popular brand and delectable menu. We offer comprehensive partnership, support, and guidance throughout your franchise journey. Here’s a closer look at how Noodles & Company helps our franchisees grow their business – from the first handshake to opening day.


Congratulations! You’ve signed and you’re ready to break ground (figuratively or literally). Either way, you’re not alone. Noodles & Company’s leadership will be with you through every step of the buildout process, from site selection to equipment purchasing. We’ll help you find great locations for your new investment based on demographic data and your familiar knowledge of your region. Then, we’ll be with you as we break ground on your new business.

Our real estate onboarding services include:

  • Site selection & lease review
  • Design details & conceptual layout
  • Access to digital project management system
  • Complete construction timeline & cost estimates
  • National equipment purchasing


We know running efficient operations takes a little practice. And we’re here to help. We provide robust, hands-on training for you and your employees, including hands-on franchise training at the home office and your restaurant. You can expect our training to include:

  • In-restaurant experience during the onboarding process
  • Certified training restaurants available for new franchise management teams
  • Six weeks of training for General Managers
  • iPad-based training modules & access to Noodles Learning Management System

To make sure your grand opening is a hit, we have you visit a training restaurant for executive training. That’s not all. With your first two locations, you’ll get hands-on assistance for three weeks with experienced trainers at your restaurant to help onboard your hires.


Opening day is approaching and our Noodles & Company’s marketing team is up next. Our marketing team has expertise across all channels and core disciplines, providing you with the skilled support you need to build demand in your market:

  • Regular, data-driven national brand marketing campaigns
  • Building brand awareness through customer engagement and social channels
  • A focus on investing in community relationships through local partnerships

We even provide you with content and creative assets to help you develop localized marketing campaigns and brand awareness in your region. And, if additional paid advertising services are needed, we will assist you in getting the most from your budget.


Our relationship doesn’t end when you open your doors. In fact, it’s only beginning. From the get-go, we offer operations support for new openings to help you establish a strong foundation with the systems and assistance you need to thrive. Whether you need help analyzing your area’s demographic information, business reviews, or specific restaurant P&L reviews – we’ve got you covered.  As a franchisee, you can expect guidance from dedicated business consultants and regular visits to help you identify areas for improvement.


If you have an entrepreneurial spirit or multi-unit aspirations and want to add Noodles & Company to your portfolio – the team at Noodles & Company wants to hear from you! When you join our team, you can rely on us to provide the support you need to not only have a smooth opening but to also give you the ongoing guidance, support, and leadership you need as you continue to grow your business.

Secure your territory now. Schedule a call with us today to learn more about what it takes to own a Noodles & Company franchise!


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