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Noodles & Company closed two Bethesda locations last week as part of the company’s push to shutter underperforming restaurants.

The downtown Bethesda restaurant on Elm Street and the Westfield Montgomery location both closed on Wednesday, company spokeswoman Lauren Andrich wrote in a statement.

 “Closing any business anywhere is never an easy decision, and closing these restaurants was a hard but necessary call to make,” Andrich wrote. “These changes affecting underperforming restaurants reflect our business decision to focus our resources on our many strong performing restaurants.”

In February, the chain announced a plan to close 55 underperforming locations across the county but would not comment on whether any Montgomery County restaurants would be affected. The closing of the Bethesda locations was first reported by The Store Reporter.

Staff at the closed restaurants have been offered positions in nearby restaurants or been given severance benefits, Andrich wrote.

Noodles & Company restaurants in downtown Silver Spring, Rockville, Kentlands and Germantown remain open.