Press Room

Welcome to the Press Room. Here you will find various resources about us, including press releases and company information. If you are member of the press and cannot find the information you need on this website, please contact send us an email

Note: Press information available on this site is intended for media seeking information about our family owned and operated locations. Hamra Enterprises is a franchisee of Wendy’s, Panera Bread, Noodles & Company and Holiday Inn Express. Our company headquarters is in Springfield, Missouri with operating units in six states; Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire and Texas.

Press Releases

7/24/18 | Panera Bread Dedham to Open on July 24

6/13/2018 | Panera Bread To Open With New Design in Gurnee

5/29/2018 | Panera Bread To Open in Lockport

1/11/2018 | Panera Bread Bolingbrook Relocating to New Location with Drive-Thru

11/16/2017 | Panera Bread Now Opens in Palatine

9/25/2017 | Hamra Enterprises Supports Hurricane Relief Efforts

9/14/2017 | Wendy’s To Unveil Innovative Restaurant Design in Athol, MA

4/29/2017 | Panera Bread Grand Opening Release Mundelein IL

3/6/2017 | Panera Bread Grand Opening Release South Elgin IL

11/7/2016 | Hamra Enterprises announces acquisiton of 25 Wendy’s in Illinois

6/20/2016 | Panera Bread Opens New Bakery-Cafe in Lake Zurich

4/6/2016 | Panera Bread Coming Soon to Lake Zurich, IL

11/10/2015 | Hamra Enterprises announces acquisition of 30 Wendy’s

10/12/2015 | Panera Bread Coming Soon to Medford, MA

9/22/2015 | Noodles & Company Opens In Woburn, MA

9/2/2015 | Noodles & Company Opening New Location in Columbia, MO. – First 50 Guests Will Receive Free Noodles

9/2/2015 | Noodles & Company Opening New Metro East Location in Shiloh, Ill. – First 50 Guests Will Receive Free Noodles

6/23/2015 | Celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day by Donating a Box to Support Local Hunger Prevention

4/28/2015 | 100th Panera Promotion Press Release

4/6/2015 | Noodles & Company Opens In Westwood’s University Station First 50 in Will Receive Free Noodles

2/27/2015 | St. Louis and Columbia Noodles & Company Restaurants Launch Exclusive Partnership With Schlafly

2/13/2015 | More Than 40 Days Of Helping The Community Noodles & Company to host benefit days every day of Lent to support local organizations

1/12/2015 | Panera Bread opens new drive-thru bakery-cafe with giveaways in Aurora, IL

10/03/2014 | Celebrate National Noodle Day on October 6 with Noodles & Company

9/22/2014 | Noodles & Company Now Offers Catering From St. Louis and Columbia Locations

6/9/2014 | Hamra Enterprises Announces the Acquisition of Seven Franchised Noodles & Company Locations in Missouri

4/30/2014 | Noodles & Company Announces The Grand Opening of First Massachusetts Location

5/29/2014 | Panera Bread Opens New Drive Thru in Oswego, IL

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread with Drive Thru Coming Soon to Oswego, IL

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread Coming Soon to downtown Highland Park, IL

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread Coming Soon to Aurora, IL on Kirk Road

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread On Randall Road in Algonquin, IL to Add Drive-Thru

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread in Geneva, IL to Relocate South on Randall Road

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread Coming Soon to Carpentersville, IL

1/27/2014 | Panera Bread Coming Soon to Tinley Park, IL

In The News

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2015 | 2014 | 2013

10/29/18 – Deerfield Patch

Panera Plans To Move South Into Deerbrook Shopping Center

10/29/18 – Chicago Tribune

Panera Bread moving Deerfield location to new building

10/1/18 | St. Louis FOX 2

Noodles Day Preview with Noodles & Company

5/27/18 |

Family Man: A Way of Life, Not Just a Way of Business

5/10/18 | St. Louis FOX 2

Noodles is the first national fast-casual chain to offer zoodles from coast-to-coast.

4/12/18 – Leisure & Hospitality

Hamra Enterprises is expanding the level of customer service at its Panera Bread and Wendy’s locations.

Mike Hamra, CEO

3/7/18 | St. Louis FOX 2

In partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Greater St. Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for two local children’s hospitals, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

1/8/18 | Northwest Herald

McHenry Arby’s closes, Panera planning to move in

12/20/17 |Chicago Steel

9/15/17 | Greenfield Recorder
Where’s the beef?It’s coming to Athol
7/13/17 | FOX2 9AM Noodles & Co. Mac & Cheese Eating Contest for Backstoppers

3/17/17 | Children’s Miracle Network Hospital – Cox Health

3/11/17 | KTVI St. Louis FOX 2 News – The Thread

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Noodles & Co.

11/22/16 | KTVI St. Louis FOX 2 News

Noodles & Company Richmond Heights Now Open

11/21/2016 | Nation’s Restaurant News

NRN Mike Hamra

Hamra Enterprises grows as trend takes hold

11/16/16 | St. Louis Business Journal

Noodles & Company sets opening in Richmond Heights

11/14/16 | Springfield New Leader

Hamra Enterprises purchases Chicago-area Wendy’s locations

11/8/16 | KY3 NBC News

Hamra Enterprises buys 25 Wendy’s stores in Chicago area

11/8/16 | Chicago Business Journal

Panera Bread franchisee buys 25 Chicago-area Wendy’s restaurants

11/7/16 | Chicago Tribune

Panera operator buys 25 Chicago-area Wendy’s restaurants

5/5/16 | KSDK NBC St. Louis, MO

Here to tell us more and to preview some of the cooking demos you’ll see at the show are Nichole Curry and Chris Holloman from Noodles and Company and special guest, Lillian Holloman.

 KSDK Baby Kid Expo
4/11/16 | KY3 Springfield, MO

In 2015, Wendy’s of Missouri restaurants exceeded our $100,000 goal by raising $101,457.62 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Springfield, MO, Columbia, MO and Kansas City.

1/4/16 | KTVI St. Louis FOX 2 News

Noodles & Company Celebrates National Spaghetti Day

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