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Franchise Costs

Liquid Capital Required: $150,000
Net Worth Required: $250,000
Total Investment: $269,250 - $470,000
Franchise Fee: $59,500
Royalty Type: 6%

Franchisee Options

Financing: Via 3rd party
Training: Available
Veteran Discount: No

Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name: The Big Salad, LLC
Total Units: 12
Year Founded: 2007
Franchising Since: 2012
Home Office: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

About The Big Salad

At The Big Salad, we believe that food brings people together, and serving made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and soups that people love unites us. Our family [of owners] is passionate about providing a memorable dining experience that turns our customers into raving fans.

Values & History

John Bornoty had an idea: to create a specialty salad restaurant, where salads are made 'for you, not by you,' but to your exact specifications. A salad restaurant where the number of fresh toppings seems limitless and where the lettuce is continuously kept crisp and cold.

And to finish off the concept, Bornoty wanted to create an environment that did not say "fast food" but "good food." This meant real granite counters, real wood accents, and real wooden chairs, not plastic.

Bornoty opened the first 'The Big Salad' in 2008 in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, an upscale suburb of Detroit. It became an instant oasis for diners seeking fresh food at fast-food prices.

Industry Performance

Market & Advantage

The Big Salad is strategically positioned in the booming healthy-lifestyle sector, providing fresh, whole foods loved by people committed to clean eating.

Unlike other salad franchise restaurants, The Big Salad offers delicious chopped salads, sandwiches, and soups expertly crafted in the customer's presence. Our menu includes pre-designed meals as well as options for customers to create their own salads and sandwiches.

Our franchise is strongly committed to our communities and focused on making people's lives better with program initiatives that reward people for their personal triumphs and educate our future leaders about operating a successful business. We continue to explore opportunities that benefit our communities and grow our business.

Most of all, we pride ourselves on creating a culture that embraces our owners, team members, and customers as family. Our business is about people and the powerful way that great food brings them together.

Purchasing a The Big Salad Franchise

The initial franchise fee is between $59,500 per single unit location. Minimum liquid capital required is $150,000 per location.

Our franchise system is turnkey, meaning no restaurant experience is necessary, our model of success is proven and our support systems are unmatched. To paraphrase the legendary Ray Kroc, our franchisees are in business for themselves, but they are not by themselves.

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

Our ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Is business-minded
  • Is passionate about being successful, providing first class service, and being part of an emerging sophisticated fast-casual brand.

Training & Support

Our complete turnkey approach includes everything to enable you to be operating a franchise. We help with:

  • Site identification,
  • Lease negotiation,
  • Architectural design,
  • Construction build-out,
  • Equipment selection and placement,
  • Dining room,
  • Line operation and kitchen training,
  • Sales/marketing and grand opening
  • Ongoing support.


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Available In:

The Big Salad is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming