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May 20, 2014

Potbelly Sandwich Shop looks for franchise partner in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — Potbelly Sandwich Shop is showing renewed interest in franchising restaurants in Oklahoma, especially Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Stillwater, franchise manager Mike Walters said Monday.

The Chicago-based company has more than 300 corporate shops in 10 states, including Texas. It started offering franchise opportunities in 2009. It has 13 franchise operators in the United States and 13 in the Middle East, Walters said.

“We have company shops and franchising shops,” Walters said. “... Oklahoma has always been an area where we would like to get some interest going. When you look specifically at Stillwater, the (Oklahoma State University) campus is there obviously. We are in a lot of campus locations around the country. Our model also works on college campuses.”

Stillwater is a good market for Potbelly, he added.

“We believe there is some good potential for a franchisee in Stillwater,” he said.

The company originally showed interest in Stillwater in 2010.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise operators should have strong business backgrounds, know the community and want to operate a neighborhood sandwich shop, Walters said.

“We want to grow, but we want to grow with the right franchise partners,” Walters said. “It’s important to us that the person or group want to be a part of the community in Stillwater, want to bring a great product to Stillwater and have a great customer base in that market.”

Potbelly Sandwich Shops and their franchise operators are involved in the community, he said.

“We want the franchisees to be a part of the community, to be part of the neighborhood and to grow that business within the community is very, very important,” he said.

More investor information is available at www.potbelly.com. Click on the links under Franchise at the bottom of the home page.

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