September 26, 2014 // Franchising.com // LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Potbelly Sandwich Shop announced today that Arkansas' first shop, a franchise location in Little Rock, will open on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the Park Avenue shopping center at 314 S. University Avenue, in the Midtown area. The widely acclaimed neighborhood hangout will feature its toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes and live, local music, which make it "The Best Place for Lunch."
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 managing partner, is a Little Rock native and the successful operator of North Little Rock's Blue Coast Burrito. Hamra opens the Potbelly with general manager and business partner, Mark Needler.
"It's been a fun ride getting Little Rock's first Potbelly shop off the ground. This is going to be an Arkansas staple," Hamra said. "I've run and opened restaurants in the past, but none of them have been quite like Potbelly."
Hamra and Needler open the franchise sandwich shop to a community of eager fans who already grew to love the brand during their travels outside of Arkansas. Regionally, Potbelly Sandwich Shops already operate in Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Kansas.
"Little Rock is an ideal home for a Potbelly shop. Our tight-knit community will be excited to have a brand new hangout where they can enjoy a warm, delicious meal and some fresh, local music," Hamra added. "I'm especially happy that folks no longer have to drive for hours outside of Little Rock for a Potbelly sandwich."
Little Rock's first Potbelly Sandwich Shop includes about 30 staff members, ranging from customer service to managers. The shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
"Ryan, Mark and their team are the perfect addition to the Potbelly family. The pair have the drive and determination needed to take their hop to the next level," 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.
For more information, visit www.Potbelly.com or the Little Rock shop's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PotbellySandwichShopMidtownLittleRockAR.
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 www.potbelly.com.
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