After opening its first healthy alternative drive-thru in February, Salad and Go will add a second Gilbert location in January.
The new location will be three miles from the current drive-thru. Owner Roushan Christofellis said that they are trying to emulate other fast food restaurants that are convenient because they have many locations.
“It is three miles, but at the same time we believe that we’re not necessarily a destination, but a convenience place as well,” Christofellis said.
“We want people to know, when they’re looking for a quick, healthy, great-tasting meal on-the-go, that they have an alternative.”
Christofellis said they are already looking at a third and fourth location, and plan to have 40 locations throughout the state in five years.
“We really believe that we can’t change the health of America with one location,” Christofellis said.
Expansion isn’t the only change that’s occurred since Salad and Go’s opening.
In August, they began serving breakfast. Christofellis noticed a lack of quick and healthy breakfast options in her community.
“We felt like we’re not really providing a true, alternative drive-thru fast food if we’re missing that huge part,” Christofellis said.
And you can’t have breakfast without coffee. The addition of a breakfast menu led to a partnership with a local favorite: Bergie’s Coffee.
Bergie’s Coffee, just down the street from Salad and Go’s first location, roasts their coffee beans in-house and delivers them to the healthy drive-thru. The close distance between the two businesses keeps the beans fresh, making for high-quality flavor.
“You can’t get that when you’re shipping it across the country, necessarily,” Christofellis said.
Brian Bergeson, co-owner of Bergie’s Coffee, said they will also provide coffee at the new Salad and Go location.
Both Bergeson and Christofellis said there are huge benefits of partnering with local businesses.
“It keeps the money in our community,” Bergeson said. “You’re helping your neighbor instead of helping some corporation across the country.”
The partnership also gives both businesses the chance to promote each other.
“We’re excited about working with them and I think they’re excited about working with us,” Bergeson said. “We certainly support them and send people their way and vice versa.”
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