3. Noodles & Company
- Sign of the end: 55 locations closed
Noodles & Company had to shutter roughly 10% of its total locations in 2017. While management claims some stores have performed well, others are dragging the company down with consistently weak performance. And Noodles needs that extra cash flow; a data breach reportedly cost the company $11 million.
The company introduced an order-ahead option for diners who want to quickly pick up meals in-store. In an effort to appeal to a wider variety of tastes, Noodles introduced new menu items like Buffalo Mac & Cheese and customizable vegan options.
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