NEWK’S EATERY ANNOUNCES NEW TAMPA BAY-AREA DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT

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Fast-growing chain signs agreement with Aeolus Group to open 11 Western Florida locations (more…)

NEWK’S EATERY LAUNCHES ONLINE ORDERING

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NEWK’S EATERY LAUNCHES ONLINE ORDERING, OFFERING TWO CONVENIENT WAYS (more…)

BIRMINGHAM NEWK’S EATERY RESTAURANTS CELEBRATE NEW INVERNESS LOCATION OPENING WITH “Q FOR A CAUSE” TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MAKE-A-WISH® ALABAMA

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$1 from every Newk’s Q sandwich purchased during week of Nov. 17 goes toward fulfilling wishes of local Make-A-Wish® children (more…)

NEWK’S EATERY TO EXPAND FOOTPRINT INTO NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

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Franchisees sign agreement for development of four restaurants by 2016 (more…)

NEWK’S EATERY DOUBLES DOWN ON LOUISIANA’S CAPITAL CITY

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Newk’s to open two company-owned restaurants in Baton Rouge during first quarter of 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (Oct. 27, 2014) — Newk’s Eatery, a rapidly growing fast-casual restaurant brand known for flavorful food experiences, is expanding its Louisiana presence by four restaurants in the first quarter of 2015. Newk’s has three Louisiana restaurants, including locations in Monroe, Bossier City and Shreveport, and expects to open two company-owned Baton Rouge restaurants, along with two franchise locations in West Monroe and Ruston early next year. The expansion in the Capital City and other Louisiana markets is part of Newk’s plan to grow the franchise brand to 200 restaurants by the end of 2018. (more…)

JAMES GRECO JOINS RAPIDLY EXPANDING NEWK’S EATERY

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Industry veteran will support the company’s development,
and will oversee franchise and company operations

JACKSON, Miss. (Sept. 3, 2014) — As a seasoned industry leader and restaurateur, James Greco has developed a knack for identifying and developing the ingredients for restaurant success. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer for Newk’s Franchise Company, one of the fast-casual industry’s fastest growing brands, the restaurant veteran will provide leadership for operating success, expand the company’s development program and help hone the 10-year-old company’s brand positioning. (more…)

NEWK’S ANNOUNCES THREE LIMITED TIME OFFER SANDWICH ADDITIONS FOR FALL 2014

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On the menu: Newk’s Pork Q, The Cuban and Newk’s refreshing Turkey Avocado

JACKSON, MISS. (Sept. 2, 2014) — Newk’s Eatery, a fast-casual brand known for flavorful food experiences, is launching a trio of mouthwatering limited time sandwiches as part of its fall menu. The 10-year-old culinary restaurant brand, known for its diverse menu and inviting atmosphere, is rolling out the Newk’s Pork Q, The Cuban and Newk’s Turkey Avocado companywide from September through November.



The Cuban, Newk’s Pork Q and Turkey Avocado sandwiches.

“These savory sandwich entrees are Newk’s inventive takes on traditional favorites,” said Chris Newcomb, co-founder, CEO and developer of many of the company’s signature recipes. “Marinated pork played well on our fall menu last year, so we’ve brought it back as the centerpiece of this year’s LTO lineup. And the cool, fresh avocado is a great complement to the turkey and Swiss in this toasted sandwich lineup.”

Fans of the famous Newk’s Q, will enjoy this top-seller in a pork variation this fall. Newk’s Pork Q consists of layers of tender brined and marinated pork tenderloin, Applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and Newk’s signature white barbecue sauce. The Cuban features the same succulent pork topped with hickory smoked ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. Debuting on Newk’s sandwich menu is the Turkey Avocado, a health conscious under 600 calorie menu option, which features layers of seasoned, oven-roasted turkey and melted Swiss cheese, and is topped with fresh avocado slices, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. These handmade sandwiches are toasted and served on freshly baked French bread.

Newk’s Eatery’s diverse menu of fresh tossed salads, California-style pizzas, oven baked sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes are handcrafted in an open kitchen and served tableside in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With meticulous attention to flavor and uncompromising standards for freshness, the restaurant chain has become one of the most rapidly expanding brands in the fast-casual industry.

The Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s Eatery currently has 70 locations across 13 states and plans to open 15 locations this year, reaching 200 total restaurants by 2018. Newk’s is featured on Technomic’s list of top 50 fast-casual chains nationwide.

To view the menu or learn more about Newk’s Eatery’s fall limited time menu offerings, visit newks.com or Newk’s Facebook page.

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About Newk’s Eatery

Fast casual Newk’s Eatery is passionate about delivering fresh, flavorful food experiences. Newk’s culinary driven menu prepared its open-view kitchens includes made-from-scratch soups, sweet and savory salads, California-style pizzas, oven baked sandwiches and homemade cakes. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in 2004, Jackson, Miss.-based Newk’s currently operates and franchises 70 units in 13 states. For more information visit newks.com, join the Roundtable Club, or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.

NEWK’S EATERY FRANCHISEE OPENS FIRST GRAB-N-GO RESTAURANT IN BIRMINGHAM HOSPITAL

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JACKSON, Miss. (August 25, 2014) – The recently developed Joseph S. and Theresa R. Bruno Cancer Center, located at St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, Ala., now features the first ever off-site extension of the popular fast-casual Newk’s Eatery Grab-N-Go concept. The 375-square-foot Newk’s Grab-N-Go location includes a selection of the brand’s most popular entrees and sides, a small-scale version of the brand’s signature Roundtable and a small dining area.

Newk’s Grab-N-Go at the Bruno Cancer Center in Birmingham

“There is demand for Newk’s Eatery stores in non-traditional locations,” said Alan Wright, Vice President of Franchise Operations and Marketing. “We are looking at a variety of ways to extend the brand beyond four walls. The expansion not only builds awareness of our rapidly expanding brand, but it adds revenue streams that enhance our franchisees’ success.”

The partners in Birmingham’s six Newk’s Eatery restaurants, including two locations scheduled to open this fall, have long supported cancer research and celebrated cancer survivors. Since Todd and Sonya Jackson developed the first Newk’s location in downtown Birmingham in 2007 along with their partners Tom Crowson, Jackson’s father-in-law Dennis Hey and brother-in-law Chris Hey, the family-owned business has been a major sponsor of Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. In October, all Newk’s Birmingham restaurants will replace their signature black cups with pink cups in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Until then, the restaurants will participate in a company-wide Newk’s Cares campaign with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to educate women about the early warning signs of ovarian cancer. Through the end of September, all 70 Newk’s Eatery locations will use teal cups in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and distribute educational information about the disease.

“Early detection of cancer and research for cures are issues near and dear to our hearts,” said Jackson. “Most of us have been or will be touched by cancer. In some small way, we hope that Newk’s presence at the cancer center will not only be a place for patients seeking treatment and their families to enjoy a delicious and healthy meal, but a place for peace and healing as well.”

Newk’s Grab-N-Go can be found on the second floor of the cancer center near the elevators and entrance from the parking garage. It offers a selection of fresh-tossed salads, sandwiches, sides, made-from-scratch soups and homemade cakes. In keeping with Newk’s Eatery restaurants, the Grab-N-Go selections are prepared fresh daily and the location features a Newk’s Roundtable, a circular table that offers complimentary spices and toppings, allowing guests to customize their menu items. The eatery is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Jackson, Mississippi-based Newk’s Eatery currently has 70 locations across 13 states and plans to open 15 locations this year, reaching 200 total restaurants by 2019. Newk’s has been listed in Technomic’s top 50 fast-casual chain restaurants nationwide.

For more information about Newk’s Eatery, visit newks.com. For information about the Birmingham locations, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter at @NewksEateryBham. Additional information about the Newk’s Cares campaign to increase awareness about ovarian cancer and raise funds for a cure is available here.

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About Newk’s Eatery

Fast casual Newk’s Eatery is passionate about delivering fresh, flavorful food experiences. Newk’s culinary driven menu prepared in its open-view kitchens includes made-from-scratch soups, sweet and savory salads, California-style pizzas, oven baked sandwiches and homemade cakes. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in 2004, Jackson, MS based Newk’s currently operates and franchises 70 units in 13 states. For more information visit newks.com, join the Roundtable Club, or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.

NEWK’S EATERY TO LAUNCH A COMPANYWIDE OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

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JACKSON, Miss. (August 18, 2014) — Newk’s Eatery is launching a Newk’s Cares campaign to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, a disease that hits close to home in the Newk’s family. Lori Newcomb, the wife of Newk’s co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb, was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in early 2013. From mid-August through September, Newk’s is teaming up with Lori and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) to educate women and their loved ones about early warning signs of the disease, as well as promote research for a cure.


Lori Newcomb, wife of Newk’s Eatery founder and CEO Chris Newcomb*

Through September, Newk’s signature black cup will be replaced by a teal cup in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at the company’s more than 70 restaurants. During the campaign, Newk’s will provide educational information at each of the locations and the story of Lori’s personal journey will also be available to guests in restaurants, as well as on the Newk’s Cares website. Newk’s will donate a minimum of $15,000 to OCRF as part of its ovarian cancer charitable initiative. And on September 25, in partnership with Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Lori and Newk’s Cares will also raise funds for OCRF through a 5-hour Ovarian Cycle® indoor cycle event in Jackson, Mississippi, where Newk’s is headquartered. The fundraising goal for this event is $50,000.

“Only 45 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive longer than five years,” said Lori Newcomb. “With early detection and treatment, the rate increases to greater than 92 percent. Through education and by raising money for severely underfunded research, we hope to make a difference in the future progression of this disease.”

In the months leading up to her diagnosis, Lori, a busy mother of three, put the needs of her family first and dismissed changes in her health that were early warning signs of the disease. Her symptoms mimicked those of other innocuous conditions affecting women – bloating, abdominal pain, difficulty urinating. Like most of the 200,000 women nationwide currently living with the disease, Lori’s cancer was advanced at the point of diagnosis and her prognosis was bleak.

In the U.S., ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecologic cancers combined and is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. Symptoms are often vague and ovarian cancer frequently recurs after initial treatment. This year alone, 22,000 cases will be diagnosed and 15,500 women will die from the disease. While there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer, tests can help identify women who are at risk for the disease.

“Through the courage Lori has shown during her battle with ovarian cancer I know that many women’s lives will be impacted by her story,” said Chris Newcomb. “It is our hope that through her we can improve early diagnosis, positively impact the prognosis for women, and keep families together.”

By sharing her story, Lori and the Newk’s Eatery family hope it will be a source of strength, inspiration and hope in the fight against ovarian cancer.

To hear Lori’s story in her own words or for more information about ovarian cancer, visit Newk’s Cares or Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

*High resolution images available upon request.

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About Newk’s Eatery
As a refreshing casual dining experience in a stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness, flavor and unparalleled customer service, Newk’s Eatery boasts a comprehensive menu of freshly-prepared entrees with sizable portions and exceptional ingredient combinations. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in Oxford, Miss. in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises 69 units in 13 states. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., the rights to more than 100 units of the culinary-driven dining concept have been sold across the South. For more information visit newks.com, join the Roundtable Club, or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.

About Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research. Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer, as well as related educational and support initiatives. Each year there will be approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer in the United States, and about 15,500 women will die of the disease. Currently there is no effective means of early detection.

Since 1998, OCRF has awarded 217 grants to scientists at more than 65 leading medical centers in the U.S., an investment of nearly $60 million for ovarian cancer research. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, OCRF-sponsored investigators are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk for ovarian cancer; understanding the underlying molecular biology of the disease; identifying new and better targets for treatment; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. To learn more or join us in the fight, please visit www.ocrf.org.

NEWK’S EATERY HIRES VISIONARY TO LEAD THE COMPANY’S GROWTH INITIATIVE

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JACKSON, Miss. (August 6, 2014) — The 10-year-old, fast-casual Newk’s Eatery brand has hired franchise development veteran Chris Cheek to oversee the company’s aggressive growth both through new, seasoned multi-unit franchise operators and through expanded area development agreements with existing Newk’s franchisees. As Chief Development Officer, Cheek will help meet the company’s goal of growing the group of nearly 70 southeastern restaurants to 200 by 2019, and continue building a pipeline for long-term expansion.


(Chris Cheek, Chief Development Officer)

“We have reached a point in the company’s growth that it makes sense to bring franchise development in house,” said Newk’s Eatery founder and CEO Chris Newcomb. “With a team exclusively dedicated to franchise development, we will best be able to identify experienced franchisees with operating capacity and investment capabilities to grow with the Newk’s brand.”

Cheek and his team will identify potential franchise partners, assist in sourcing and identifying real estate, as well as ensure that the real estate and construction phases of new company-owned and franchise restaurants meet the company’s growth targets. Earlier this year, Newk’s Eatery received investment capital from New York-based private equity firm Sentinel Capital to invest in franchise and company-owned restaurant expansion. As part of its growth plan, Cheek and his team will build a more condensed brand footprint within the Southeast and initiate growth contiguously along the East Coast and into the lower Midwest.

“My passion lies in the fast-casual dining industry, where the trend is toward culinary, freshly prepared and scratch-made meals. That’s the cornerstone of the Newk’s brand,” said Cheek. “But it’s the unit- level economics that I believe make it one of the best kept secrets in the restaurant industry. Nobody takes a culinary approach to food and an open kitchen concept in a fast-casual setting like Newk’s. ”

Cheek’s business development experience includes franchise program development for Freebirds World Burritos and redevelopment of the franchise program for Bruegger’s bakery-cafes. While leading Bruegger’s franchising program, Cheek secured development commitments for both traditional and non-traditional venues, as well as oversaw the opening of 100 stores in 22 states. Under the ownership of Le Duff America, which purchased Bruegger’s in 2012, he served as vice president of development for Breuggers, Timothy’s World Coffee, Michel’s Bakery Cafe, la Madeline Country French Cafe, and Brioche Doree. Cheek began his career with Bear Rock Cafe and served most recently as Chief Development Officer for Topper’s Pizza.

For more information on Newk’s Eatery franchise opportunities, visit newks.com.

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About Newk’s Eatery
As a refreshing casual dining experience in a stylish atmosphere with an emphasis on freshness, flavor and unparalleled customer service, Newk’s Eatery boasts a comprehensive menu of freshly-prepared entrees with sizable portions and exceptional ingredient combinations. Rapidly expanding since the first restaurant opening in Oxford, Miss. in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises 69 units in 13 states. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., the rights to more than 100 units of the culinary-driven dining concept have been sold across the South. For more information visit newks.com, join the Roundtable Club, or follow Newk’s on Facebook and Twitter.