What's In Store

Chicago sandwich chain to open in Salsarita’s old spot uptown

The Potbelly Corp. signage is displayed in the window of a sandwich shop location in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.
The Potbelly Corp. signage is displayed in the window of a sandwich shop location in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Bloomberg

Potbelly Sandwich Works will open its first Charlotte location uptown in the space formerly occupied by Salsarita’s, which recently closed.

The Chicago-based sandwich chain is targeting a November 2016 opening for its restaurant at 320 S. Tryon, in the Latta Arcade, a spokeswoman said.

The chain offers toasted sub sandwiches, fresh-made salads, breakfast sandwiches, milkshakes, smoothies, soups and cookies.

Rick Fossali, Potbelly’s senior director of domestic franchising, last year told the Observer the company has been eyeing new markets and eventually wants to open four restaurants in Charlotte.

Potbelly also wants to expand into Raleigh/Durham, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, Cary and Wilmington, Fossali said. It has one store in Greensboro.

The company owns and operates over 350 restaurants in the U.S., and franchisees operate another 30-plus shops domestically, in the Middle East and in the United Kingdom. The company went public in 2013.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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