Noodles & Company plans to open near Walmart

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

A new restaurant plans to open near Walmart in Elk River.

Noodles & Company will locate at 18130 Zane St. in the end unit of a multi-tenant building, according to Hunter Development Group in Arvada, Co.

Noodles & Company is a “fast-casual” restaurant serving noodles, sandwiches, salads and soups inspired by cuisines from around the globe, according to the company’s website. Orders are taken at the counter, and food is then served on ceramic dishes to customers seated at tables. The tables are bussed by Noodles employees.

Plans for the 2,450-square-foot Elk River restaurant call for seating for 58 customers inside and 30 outside on a new patio.

The Elk River City Council approved a conditional use permit for the restaurant on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the business now at that address, Anytime Fitness, plans to move to a different location.

“We are so excited to be expanding our Elk River facility,” said Jennifer Mueller, owner of Anytime Fitness-Elk River/Rogers. “Due to our 10-year growing membership base and the need for more group classes we will be doubling our space. We will be adding spin classes, yoga, pilates, Zumba and cross training.”

Mueller said Anytime Fitness has become the No. 1 franchise in the world.

Fast facts about Noodles & Company

• Noodles & Company was founded in 1995 and the first restaurant opened in Denver, Colo.

• There are currently 340 company and franchise-owned restaurants in 26 states, including Minnesota, where the closest ones are in Rogers, Coon Rapids and Maple Grove.

• Noodles & Company is headquartered in Broomfield, Colo.

• Wisconsin Mac & Cheese is the most popular menu item.