Wendy Kanno-Hendryx Purchases Freshii Franchise for Downtown San Francisco
February 10, 2010 // Franchising.com // Chicago, IL -- When Wendy Kanno-Hendryx and her husband Mark sold their Chicago company to a Fortune 500 firm and decided to retire to in Marin County to be near Wendy's family, she knew she still had the entrepreneurial itch. Her love of fitness and the outdoors coupled with her love of great food started her thinking about foodservice franchises that would be a perfect fit for San Francisco.
"After considering everything from internet driven business to coffee houses, a friend in Chicago had lunch at Freshii and suggested I take a look. I quickly learned that Matthew Corrin, founder of Freshii, was a leader in making a real change in the fast casual restaurant business. His concept of fresh wholesome food is already on track with the latest trends, but he took it to a new paradigm by using organic foods, biodegradable packaging and customer made orders, most of which is from raw vegetables and organic ingredients when possible." Wendy Kanno-Hendryx.
"San Francisco is a top tier target market for Freshii, as the 6th largest metro in the US. I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago looking at potential locations and we can't wait to open," says Matthew Corrin, Freshii CEO. "We're thrilled to have Wendy as a partner in San Francisco. Her passion for health and wellness combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a business savvy gives us confidence that we'll launch San Francisco with great success."
"Great food, custom-built, in a fast-casual setting" is Freshii's mantra, offering its guests a nutritious and delicious breakfast, lunch and mid-day snack on the go, without sacrificing taste, health needs or time. The menu includes salads, burritos, wraps, rice bowls, yogurts and soups in a "build your own" format, served in a fast, fun, hip and environmentally sustainable atmosphere. Freshii, which started in Toronto, Canada and is now headquartered in Chicago, has 16 restaurants opened in the US and Canada and another 100+ in development in NYC, Chicago, Washington, DC, Colorado, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, Orange County, and now Eastern Europe. Freshii restaurants range in size from 150sf kiosks to 1500sf inline locations and are a blend of high volume fresh customized meals, grab-and-go, and gourmet snack food.