Noodles & Company says it will close its Broadway Avenue restaurant in October, leaving the Colorado company with two locations in Boise and Meridian.
“We are constantly evaluating our portfolio of restaurants and recently made the difficult decision to close our Boise State location on Oct. 24,” company spokeswoman Danielle Moore said in an email to the Idaho Statesman.
The restaurant employs 20 workers, and the company is working to find them work at the other nearby locations, Moore said.
The closure was announced after Albertsons, the owner of the shopping center at Broadway and Beacon streets, applied to the city of Boise to demolish the building occupied by Noodles & Company and a state liquor store. Albertsons has not revealed its plans for the spot, saying only that it’s evaluating its options.
The following story was published Sept. 7, 2018, under the headline “Albertsons replaced its Broadway store. Now it may raze Noodles & Company and liquor store.”
Albertsons plans to demolish two storefronts that remained when it tore down its old Broadway Avenue store earlier this year and replaced it with a new, upscale store on the same site.
The Boise company has applied for a permit to raze the 10,124-square-foot building it owns that houses a Noodles & Co. restaurant and a state liquor store.
The permit does not indicate when Albertsons wants to complete the demolition. Nor does it say what the company plans to do with the space. Company spokeswoman Kathy Holland declined to comment.
Jeff Anderson, director of the Idaho State Liquor Division, said his agency will move to a store where Gourmet Grill and Idaho Safe & Vault was formerly located. The site, at 1305 S. Broadway Ave., is across Rossi Street from the back of the existing store.
“We actually prefer that location, because it has its own parking lot,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the new store is slated to open in mid-November. The agency plans to spend $42,000 to remodel the space. The existing store will continue to operate until the transition.
A man who identified himself as the manager at Noodles and Company, but who declined to give his name, said he did not know anything about his restaurant having to leave that location.
“I hope we’re staying,” he said. “We have a good niche here.”
An email message to Noodles & Company’s corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, was not returned Friday afternoon.
Albertsons’ application to the city said the Wells Fargo bank branch that is located elsewhere on the property will remain.