Franchising Criteria

TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN FAO CANDIDATE, you or your partnership must meet the following criteria:

Be Passionate about the Noodles & Company Brand

  • Understand and appreciate our food, team and culture
  • Driven to provide an exceptional dining experience to our guests

Embrace Shared Values

  • An insatiable learner who’s entrepreneurial, enthusiastic and driven to succeed

Willingness to Become Proficient in all Aspects of Running a Noodles & Company Restaurant

Possess Significant Business Experience

  • Successful business ownership or a history of business leadership
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and leading teams, managing operations and delivering financial results
  • Ability to develop and execute a multi-unit development and operational business plan

Live in and Understand the Market to be Developed

  • Personal understanding of the market to be developed
  • Commitment to devote full-time resources and the partnership’s best efforts to day-to-day operations

Possess Financial Resources Necessary to Capitalize Your Business
For 3 to 5 restaurants

  • Minimum liquid cash or available assets of $1,500,000; net worth $3,000,000

For 5 to 8 restaurants

  • Minimum liquid cash or available assets of $2,500,000; net worth $4,000,000

For more than 8 restaurants

  • Minimum liquid cash or available assets of $3,500,000; net worth $5,000,000

Ability to borrow funds or have access to additional capital to fund development

Note: None of the communications made through this webpage should be construed as an offer to sell any Noodles & Company franchises in, nor is any such communication directed to, the residents of any jurisdiction requiring registration of the franchise before it is offered or sold in that jurisdiction. No Noodles & Company franchises will be sold to any resident of such jurisdiction until the offering has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such jurisdiction and any required Franchise Disclosure Document has been delivered to the prospective franchisee before the sale in compliance with applicable law. If you have any questions concerning the registration status of franchises in your jurisdiction, please contact our Franchise Development department.