Salad and Go brings wholesome meals to Plano at velocity and costs
Fresh, quick, healthy and affordable. These are the pillars of the Salad and Go drive-thru concept, which opened its first Texas location in Plano last week.
Every day, these priorities work hand in hand to deliver salads for less than $ 6 in less than a minute, said CEO Joel Chrisman.
“Our mission is to be for everyone, not the few,” said Chrisman. “In order to keep prices low or lower, our menu is put together to order … [it’s] extremely efficient and affordable and desirable. “
According to Chrisman, the Plano location has been well received since it opened on May 5th at Coit Road 1400. The site also managed to go viral on TikTok through a video of a customer’s drive-through experience that received nearly 500,000 views in its first week of business.
The Salad and Go menu features 10 made-to-order salads with an included protein or tofu serving for $ 5.74 and the option to customize ingredients. The fan favorite salads are the Cobb and BBQ Ranch, Chrisman said. Additional menu items include $ 2.99 breakfast burritos, $ 3.99 protein boxes, and $ 1 cold brew, ice cream teams, and sodas.
Plano made its way to the top of the company’s list of ideal first stores as residents focused on health and nutrition, Chrisman said. This offers a similar customer base to Salad and Go’s original Arizona locations and will hopefully fuel the company’s continued growth in North Texas, he said.
“I think there are a lot of philosophies similar to Phoenix – it’s a young, healthy growing, vibrant kind of community,” Chrisman said. “Plano was identified as a very specific market that we wanted to get into very early on.”
Salad and Go is currently planning to open five additional locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The Richardson and Dallas locations are expected to open this spring.
The newly opened Plano location comprises a 700 square meter building with two drive-through lanes that merge into a single pick-up lane. The building accommodates 3 to 8 employees at the same time, who operate both the drive-through as well as the parking and pick-up windows.
In addition to the fast and inexpensive dining concept, Salad and Go has also brought its donation practice to North Texas for charity. According to Chrisman, the company donated around 2,000 salads to the North Texas Food Bank in its first week in Plano.
“We gave away salads before we sold our first salad in Plano,” he said.
Deliveries to the food bank will resume weekly, and Salad and Go will continue to look for fundraising opportunities in the area to expand donations, he said.
“When we say for everyone, we want to make sure that in some cases, even when you can’t afford it, you know you have access to the same healthy, nutritious food,” Chrisman said.
Salad and Go is open seven days a week until 9 p.m. For a full menu and other frequently asked questions, visit www.saladandgo.com.