Giardino Gourmet Salads expanding South Florida footprint

Giardino Gourmet Salads is expanding its South Florida footprint with the opening of its 16th and 17th units. One will open in North Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the Plaza del Mar shopping center, and the other is in Davie, Florida, in the Tower Shops shopping center. Combined, these two restaurants mark the fourth and fifth locations open in Broward County for the South Florida-based Giardino Gourmet Salads with another 15 restaurants spread out across the region, according to a company press release.
"As part of our strategic development plan, we're focused on building restaurants in vibrant communities with a diverse customer base where there is a real need for alternatives to traditional fast casual food," Kenny Lugo, co-founder and board member, said in the release. "Combined, we now have five restaurants in Broward County and we will continue to grow across the region with a laser focus on finding the right owners and real estate that sets up the brand for success while creating memorable experiences that have our guests coming back for more."
Giardino Gourmet Salads began with a vision in 2004, by founders Ody and Kenny Lugo, a former Miami-Dade County teacher and Miami-Dade County firefighter respectively. Today, the fast casual salad, wrap and bowl concept sees room for an additional 10 units across greater Broward County, including a downtown Ft. Lauderdale location, over the next few years.
"North Ft. Lauderdale is a new hub for local activity and businesses and we're looking forward to being an important part of that," Victor Aldrich, owner and operator of Giardino Gourmet Salads in North Ft. Lauderdale, said in the release.  "There is a genuine need here for real, simple food that is handcrafted for people that are focused on nutrient-rich ingredients. We're thrilled about providing the neighborhood with an alternative to traditional fast food and becoming a bigger part of the community as we grow."
 Throughout February, both the North Ft. Lauderdale and Davie locations will celebrate their grand openings with live music, prize giveaways and free samples of signature menu items. 
"We take development very seriously and that is reflected in the quality of our owners and the locations in which we operate restaurants," said Julio Ramirez, Giardino Gourmet Salads board member and franchise development adviser. "Our mission is to be a part of the community for a very long time and we're doing that through smart and deliberate growth. That's why we're so excited about what Gabriel, Victor and their respective teams are going to bring to the Broward County market." 

Topics: Franchising & Growth

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