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Potbelly Sandwich Shop Named to the Franchise Grade® Top 500 List

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop Named to the Franchise Grade® Top 500 List

“The Best Place for Lunch” Featured on Distinguished List of Top Franchise Companies

CHICAGO – Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the fast-growing neighborhood sandwich concept, has earned another national accolade for its growth and achievements during 2015.

FranchiseGrade.com, a leading franchise market research firm, announced that Potbelly Sandwich Shop has been named to its annual list of top 500 franchise companies. The list, titled “The Franchise Grade Top 500,” ranked hundreds of participating franchise companies by their overall performance for the year.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s top franchises,” said Rick Fossali, senior director of domestic franchising for Potbelly Sandwich Shop. “We are building on this momentum to focus on growth and the strength of our brand, and that means forging new relationships and gaining presence in new markets while empowering our existing franchisees with the tools they need to succeed.”

FranchiseGrade.com collected and evaluated data from 2,387 franchise systems to determine the rankings. Using its Franchise Performance Index, a data analysis tool that grades franchise investment opportunities, concepts were evaluated on: number of years franchising, franchisee turnover rates, litigation history, sector growth, executive backgrounds, franchisee satisfaction survey results, lending data and more.

With a strategic plan in place, Potbelly Sandwich Shop has multi-unit franchisees in Louisville, St. Louis, Omaha and other markets and has most recently announced a franchising growth plan for California, This market and others have been selected for Potbelly’s expansion because of their strong consumer interest for fresh, high quality ingredients and sandwiches. The Potbelly experience will be appreciated in these locations as a mealtime hangout with great food, live, local music and eclectic décor.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop first opened in Chicago in 1977, and now includes more than 350 shops across the United States. There are also 30-plus franchise shops in the United States and abroad, and the company is projecting more franchised shops to open in 2016.

For more information, please visit www.Potbelly.com.

About Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Potbelly Corporation is a fast-growing neighborhood sandwich concept offering toasty warm sandwiches, signature salads and other fresh menu items served by engaging people in an environment that reflects the Potbelly brand. Our Vision is for our customers to feel that we are their “Neighborhood Sandwich Shop” and to tell others about their great experience. Our Mission is to make people really happy and to improve every day. Our Passion is to be “The Best Place for Lunch.” The Company owns and operates over 350 shops in the United States and our franchisees operate over 30 shops domestically, in the Middle East and in the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit our website at www.potbelly.com.

About FranchiseGrade.com

FranchiseGrade.com is the leader in competitive market research and objective analysis for the franchising industry. Its franchise assessment, grading and standardized reporting tools provide industry stakeholders with critical data driven metrics to support the growth of successful franchise systems. FranchiseGrade.com works to raise the bar for market research in the franchise industry to build a stronger franchise opportunity.

For more information about FranchiseGrade.com, visit: www.franchisegrade.com

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