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 nine states; Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Texas.

Press Releases

12/10/19 |Wendy’s Unveils New Restaurant Design in Skokie

9/26/19 | Panera Bread To Open With New Design in Buffalo Grove

2/28/19 | Hamra Enterprises Announces the Acquisition of 13 Panera Bread bakery-cafes located in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi

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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11/11/19 – Ozarks First

Child with autism fulfills dream of being a Wendy’s manager

Child with autism fulfills dream of being a Wendy’s manager

11/10/19 – Joliet Patch

Panera Bread Hiring As Jefferson St. Site Forges Ahead

3/14/19 – Franchising.com

Missouri-Based Multi-Brand Operator Snaps Up 13 More Panera Bread Locations

3/9/19 – Springfield Business Journal

Hamra Enterprises acquires Panera Bread cafes

3/7/19 – Fast Casual

Missouri Panera franchisee adds 13 locations to porfolio

3/7/19 – Franchising.com

Hamra Enterprises Announces the Acquisition of 13 Panera Bread bakery-cafes located in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

1/7/19 – Biz 417

How Hamra Enterprises’ HERO Fund Helps It’s Employees

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 | Franchising.com

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

5/10/18 | St. Louis NBC 5

Noodles & Company is the first-casual chain to offer zoodles nationwide

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

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