Arkansas' First Potbelly Sandwich Shop to Open in Little Rock

The beloved shop will bring its toasty warm sandwiches, signature shakes and live music to Little Rock's Park Avenue shopping center.

May 20, 2014 // // LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today a signed agreement that will soon bring Arkansas its first shop. Currently slated to open this summer, the shop is in development at Little Rock's Park Avenue shopping center at 314 S. University Avenue, in the Midtown area. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout is slated to debut its signature sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live, local music in August.

Potbelly shops have earned a reputation in communities across the United States for having delicious food, fun décor and fresh tunes. Ryan Hamra, the new sandwich shop's operating partner, is a Little Rock native and the successful operator of North Little Rock's Blue Coast Burrito. Hamra will open the shop with his business partner, Mark Needler.

"Potbelly makes my favorite sandwiches in the world, I can eat them all day, so it's a real pleasure that I get to bring the sandwich shop to Little Rock," Hamra said. "I grew up in Little Rock working at my parents' Wendy's restaurants since I was 12. Now, I can continue my family's entrepreneurial legacy by sharing food I love with the community."

Hamra will manage the restaurant's day-to-day operations. Plus, he will handle new staff recruitment and will book local musicians when Little Rock's "best place for lunch" opens this summer.

"There isn't a lunch and dinner spot out there that comes close to Potbelly. The ingredients, the bread, and even the ovens, combine to create a unique experience," Hamra said. "What I love about Potbelly is the creative twist we put on all menu items. My favorite sandwich is our Wreck."

Little Rock's first Potbelly Sandwich Shop will hire about 30 staff members, including customer service and managers. The restaurant's operation and delivery hours will be announced at a later date.

"Ryan, Mark and their team are an ideal addition to the Potbelly family. We are thrilled with their excitement for the shop," said Mike Walters, head of franchise development for Potbelly Sandwich Shop. "Every new sandwich shop is designed to resemble the community it resides in. Ryan and Mark have the deep-rooted community connections Potbelly looks for when choosing franchise partners."

Potbelly Sandwich Shop first opened in Chicago in 1977, and now includes more than 300 shops across the United States. There are also 20-plus franchise shops in the United States and abroad, and the company is projecting more franchised shops to open in 2014.

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About Potbelly Sandwich Shop

From its humble beginnings as a small antique store on Chicago's North Side, Potbelly Sandwich Shop is now in neighborhoods across 18 different states. Each unique shop offers toasty warm sandwiches, craveable salads and hand-dipped milkshakes all made fresh to order, and delicious cookies baked fresh each day. Potbelly has built its reputation as a mealtime hangout where great food, friends, eclectic neighborhood décor and live, local music combine to create an atmosphere unlike any other. The Company owns and operates over 300 shops in the United States, with franchisees operating over twenty shops domestically and in the Middle East. For more information, visit

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Stan Golovchuk
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Potbelly Corporation is a fast-growing neighborhood sandwich concept offering toasty warm sandwiches, signature salads and other fresh menu items served by engaging people in an environment that reflects the Potbelly brand.


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