Noodles & Company
NOODLES & Co (Form: 8-K, Received: 09/06/2017 17:04:52)

Washington, D.C. 20549
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 6, 2017
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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520 Zang Street, Suite D, Broomfield, CO
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
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Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (720) 214-1900

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On September 6, 2017, Noodles & Company (the “Company”) announced that the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) appointed Brad West, 60, as Executive Vice President of Operations of the Company, effective September 10, 2017. Mr. West will be responsible for leading the Company’s day-to-day restaurant operations. He will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Dave Boennighausen. The Company’s press release announcing Mr. West’s appointment is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8‑K.

In connection with his appointment as Executive Vice President of Operations, the Company entered into an offer letter with Mr. West, dated August 20, 2017 (the “Offer Letter”). The Offer Letter provides that Mr. West will receive the following compensation and benefits as Executive Vice President of Operations: (i) an annual base salary of $225,000; (ii) an annual bonus opportunity with a target amount equal to 40% of Mr. West’s base salary, pro-rated for the fiscal 2017 year, with the actual bonus amount based upon achievement of Company and individual performance targets; and (iii) an equity grant under the Company’s Equity Incentive Plan. Mr. West is further entitled to the standard benefits available to the Company’s executives generally, including health insurance, life and disability coverage and the option to participate in the Company’s 401(k) Savings Plan. Pursuant to the Offer Letter, he will also have access to corporate housing near the Company’s headquarters and use of a company-provided car while in Colorado. Either Mr. West or the Company may terminate Mr. West’s employment at any time for any reason.

Mr. West is joining the Company with an extensive background in operations in the restaurant industry over the past 40 years. He most recently served as Vice President, Operations of Smoothie King Franchisees, Inc. Prior that role, we was Chief Operating Officer of ACG Pizza Partners LLC, and he had earlier spent 16 years at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, Non-Traditional Business, where he was responsible for the operations, development and growth of over 250 Einstein Bros. Bagels license locations.

There are no family relationships between Mr. West and any director or executive officer of the Company, and he does not have any direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits

The following exhibits are furnished as part of this Report:
Exhibit Number
Noodles & Company Press Release, dated September 6, 2017


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Noodles & Company
Dave Boennighausen
Chief Executive Officer
DATE: September 6, 2017


Exhibit Number

Exhibit 99.1


Brad West Named Executive Vice President - Operations
at Noodles & Company

BROOMFIELD, Colo., September 6, 2017 (Globe Newswire) - Noodles & Company (NASDAQ: NDLS) today announced that Brad West has been named Executive Vice President - Operations, effective September 10, 2017. Mr. West will be responsible for day-to-day restaurant operations, as well as the successful execution of the Company’s operational initiatives.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Brad West to our team,” said Dave Boennighausen, Chief Executive Officer of Noodles & Company. “Brad is an accomplished operator and has a long and successful track record of driving sales and profits through the improvement and consistency of operations. His expertise will play a critical role as we continue our intense focus on delivering excellent restaurant-level execution.”

Mr. West has over 40 years of operations experience in the restaurant industry, most recently serving as Vice President, Operations of Smoothie King Franchisees, Inc. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of ACG Pizza Partners LLC. Prior to ACG Pizza Partners LLC, he spent 16 years at Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President, Non-Traditional Business where he was responsible for the operations, development and growth of over 250 Einstein Bros. Bagels license locations. He has also held key operational roles at CEC Entertainment, Inc., Applebee’s International Franchisees, and S&A Restaurant Corporation.
About Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain where globally inspired dishes come together to create a World Kitchen. Recognized by Parents Magazine as a Top Family Friendly Restaurant and Health Magazine as one of America’s Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants, Noodles & Company is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where world flavors don’t end at just noodles. Inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated flavor combinations, Noodles & Company’s menu offers soups, salads and shareables, too. Everything is made fresh to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients. Dishes are delivered to the table allowing guests time to sit and relax or grab a quick bite.
Forward-Looking Statements
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