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  • Please note: to qualify for financing, you must meet the minimum requirements of $250,000 in liquid assets and $500,000 net worth and have a minimum credit score of 700.

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Go Mediterranean.
Go Garbanzo.

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Brand Promise

To share our love for what we do by putting love in every pita, so the world may eat better and feel brighter.

Garbanzo brand promise

With Your Success In Mind

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Multiple Revenue Streams
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140% Growth Since 2019
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Serving Multiple Dayparts: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, and Snack
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Mediterranean Concept Aligns with the Fastest Growing Food Trend
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Traditional Floor Plans Starting at 1500 Sq. Ft.
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25% Discount on Franchise Fees for Veterans
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Financial Requirements

investment range
$386K – 786K
Investment Range
liquid assets
$250K
Liquid Assets
franchise fee
$38K
Franchise Fee
net worth
$500K
Net Worth

Our Recent Accolades & Awards

2019 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers
Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Top Food Franchise 2021
Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers 2020
QSR The 40/40 List
Franchise Registry Verified Member 2022

Our Franchise Partners

Derek St. George
“One franchise quickly led to two.”
– Derek St. George
In 2019, Derek St. George partnered with friends Karl and Leigha Schmidt to open the first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh restaurant in downtown Boston. The three continued their entrepreneurial success by quickly opening their second location in Watertown, MA, in 2020.
Lee Kleiner
“We’re just getting started here.”
– Lee Kleiner
Lee Kleiner is the Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh’s Master Franchise Developer for Indiana and plans to grow the brand’s presence in the state to 25 locations. Kleiner is a seasoned franchise restaurant operator and opened Indiana’s first Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh location in 2020 in Indianapolis.

Our WOW Leadership Team

Kelly Roddy

Kelly Roddy
Chief Executive Officer and President of WOWorks

Kelly Roddy is Chief Executive Officer and President of WOWorks, a position he has held since the company’s inception in 2020. Before assuming this role, Kelly held c-suite and other leadership positions as Chief Executive Officer and President of Saladworks, LLC and Garbanzo Franchising Co., LLC; President of Schlotzsky’s Franchisor SPV, LLC; and President of Schlotzsky’s Franchise, LLC. Kelly has 21 years of additional executive management experience at HEB, Scholastic, and Walmart. Kelly is an active member in the restaurant industry and has spoken multiple times at International Franchise Association (IFA), International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), Franchise Springboard, Fast Casual, Restaurant Finance and the IFMA Chain Operators Exchange (COEX). He also chaired COEX’s 2021 conference. Kelly is one of the first to receive IFA’s Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation when there were less than 50 professionals with that title. Kelly is also active on several boards, including Baylor University’s Advisory Board for the school’s marketing; the National Restaurant Association’s Advisory President Council; and IFMA’s Operations Council. Kelly came to Saladworks in 2019 with the intention to create WOWorks, the world’s largest company of better-for-you restaurants. Under his vision, WOWorks has grown to four restaurant brands with plans to acquire two more. All these fast casual brands have the shared values of fresh, clean, healthy-halo ingredients that can be customized to any taste. Kelly is passionate about the outdoors, has a pilot’s license, and is an avid water skier, boater, sailor, and diver. Kelly is a proud father of three kids. His eldest is a practicing physician in New York City while his younger two are in college. His favorite WOWorks menu items are the Whey-Up Smoothie from Frutta Bowls and Baklava from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.

Brian Farris

Brian Farris
Chief Development Officer of WOWorks

Brian Farris is the Chief Development Officer of WOWorks. He oversees franchise development, including franchise sales, real estate, design, and construction for all four of WOWorks’ restaurant brands: Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, and The Simple Greek.  Previously he was the President of Intelligent Office where he led the company onto Franchise Business Review’s 2021 “Culture100” list, which recognizes the top 100 franchise brands.  Brian has also led teams in Finance, Marketing, Operations, and Development for brands including FOCUS Brands, Schlotzsky’s, Consumer Capital Partners, and Boston Market.  Outside of work, Brian likes traveling, cycling, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Deven, and two sons, Brenton and Taylor. Brian’s favorite WOWorks menu item is the Falafel Salad from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.

 

John Geyerman

John Geyerman
SVP and Brand General Manager of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek

John Geyerman is Senior Vice President and Brand General Manager of WOWorks. He oversees Corporate Operations for all four WOWorks brands and serves as Brand General Manager for Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek. Previously, John held executive level positions at Dickey’s Barbecue and FOCUS Brands. He has worked with organizations such as SODEXO, Three Dog Bakery, and Wing Nutz. Additionally, John has 20 years of leadership experience at HEB and Walmart. Outside of work, John serves as the Board Chairman for Free for Life International, a nonprofit dedicated to help individuals impacted by human trafficking. John has been married for 29 years and has two daughters. Since 2015, John and his wife have had four placements as foster parents. John’s favorite WOWorks menu items are the Traditional Gyro with crunchy cucumber and amazing tzatziki sauce from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and the Bently Salad from Saladworks.

Gabriel Moreno

Gabriel Moreno
VP of Operations of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek

Gabriel Moreno is Vice President of Operations of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek. Previously, he was Vice President of Franchise Operations and Senior Director of Operations of La Boulangerie de San Francisco. Moreno was also Director of Franchising Operations HQ at Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Area Manager for Chicagoland Commissary (dba. Dunkin’ Donuts) and has worked as an operations and training professional for over 20 years in various organizations. In his decades of experience, Gabriel built systems and processes from the ground up in several organizations, including BI platforms; COGS and labor tools; CRM; and catering programs. He has also led the development processes and designs for traditional and non-traditional restaurants for the past 15 years, including being part of the team developing and opening over 500 units across the U.S. Gabriel was born and raised in Chicago, has lived in various cities in the U.S., as well as in Italy. Outside of work, he loves travelling, hiking, skydiving, and running. Gabriel has run in several full marathons and over 50 half marathons. Gabriel’s favorite WOWorks menu item is the Traditional Gyro from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.

Alain Souligny

Alain Souligny
Chief Financial Officer of WOWorks

Alain Souligny is Chief Financial Officer of WOWorks, a role he has held since its inception in 2020. Previously, he held c-suite positions Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Redco Foods Inc., and Chief Financial Officer of Delorio Foods Inc. Souligny was also Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fearmans Pork Inc. In addition, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Oberto Sausage Company, and Chief Financial Officer of Hero Group. Souligny has 15 years of additional financial management experience in various organizations. Alain is a French Canadian, born in Ontario and raised in Quebec, and currently lives in New York with his wife and stepdaughter. Not only does he love to play golf, but he is a pilot with instruments qualification and has owned a Cirrus since 2005 with over 2,000 hours of flight time. Between 1974-1975, Alain represented Quebec in the National Hockey Championship. Unfortunately, they lost, but they played in front of a crowd of 5,000 people and on National TV. He was also a goalie for the Verdun Maple Leafs. Alain’s favorite WOWorks menu item is the Bently Salad from Saladworks.

CIO Kyle Mark

Kyle Mark
Chief Information Officer of WOWorks

Kyle Mark is Chief Information Officer of WOWorks, following his positions at FTR Hospitality as Sr. Director of Technology and Qu POS Inc. as Director of Operations.  He spent most of his career in the restaurant business in a Director of Technology roles at Ciccio Restaurant Group, Gecko’s Hospitality Group and Datum Technologies. He also spent over 5 years at Apple as part of the “Genius” group. Kyle attended DeVry University, with a concentration in Information Technology Management and studied Computer Science – Network and Systems Administration at Western Illinois University. Kyle lives just outside St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Courtney and two amazing daughters, Charlotte and Abigail. Kyle’s favorite WOWorks menu item is the Chocolate Explosion at Frutta Bowls.

Jean Boland

Jean Boland
Chief People & Culture Officer of WOWorks

Jean Boland is Chief People and Culture Officer for WOWorks, following her previous role as Chief People Officer for WOWorks. She brings with her thirty years of experience working inside multiple service-focused industries in Human Resource and Leadership Development. She spent eleven years at FOCUS Brands, the franchisor of Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Schlotzsky’s, Moe’s, Auntie Anne’s and other quick service brands. She has also worked in multiple positions at RARE Hospitality International, prior owners of Longhorn Steakhouse, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, and The Capital Grille. Throughout her career, Jean has worked with franchise partners and employees in leading all aspects of HR, leadership development, restaurant operations training, and multiple acquisitions from a domestic and international standpoint. Jean graduated from American Intercontinental University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management. Her favorite WOWorks menu item is Saladworks’ Sophie Salad.

Mark Kreiner

Mark Kreiner
Director of Marketing of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek

Mark Kreiner is Marketing Director of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek. Previously, he was Director of Field Marketing for Schlotzsky’s, and worked for the Carvel Corporation (Focus Brands) as Director of Marketing, Senior Marketing Brand Manager and Brand Marketing Manager. Mark was also Marketing Director of Simply Floored, Creative Director and Marketing Brand Manager for Dynamite Plant Food and has 12 years of additional business experience as an advertising and creative executive. Kreiner and his partner of 29 years live with their two dogs and six chickens. He enjoys food, wine, traveling and has been to six continents. Mark’s favorite WOWorks menu item is Stuffed Pita with Falafel from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.

Our Steps to Your WOW!

Franchise Inquiry
Initial Call
Franchise Disclosure Document Review
Due Diligence
Brand Overview Call
Sign Franchise Agreement
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COMPLETE INITIAL QUESTIONNAIRE ON OUR WEBSITE

The first step to becoming part of the Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh family is completing our initial franchise inquiry form. You’ll be contacted within 24 hours of completion by one of our franchise development professionals.
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Why People Love Garbanzo

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@eatgarbanzo chicken plate with all the things so you know it’s a good day.

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Garbanzo has some of the freshest sauces I’ve ever had!

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Today’s lunch @eatgarbanzo was LONG AWAITED & well worth the drive across town.

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This combo is the BOMB?

In The News

Stay connected! Check back here for the latest news, updates, press releases, and other announcements from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.
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Jean Boland Returns to WOWorks as Chief People & Culture Officer

Jean Boland has returned to WOWorks, the parent company of Saladworks and three other better-for-you brands, to serve as chief people and culture officer, the company announced Tuesday.  Boland was WOWorks’ chief people officer and VP of human…

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Tax Day Promos

WOWorks Celebrates Tax Day with New Promotions

This Tax Day, WOWorks family of restaurant brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, The Simple Greek, and Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, are coming together to offer special menu items for just $6 all day to their guests on Tax Day….

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April Growth Report

WOWorks Watch Out World Growth Report – April

WOWorks, parent company of Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, and The Simple Greek, is continuing to have explosive growth with the opening of new locations and signings of franchise agreements. We have 23 new locations scheduled to open…

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Digital Ordering Trends

Digital Ordering Trends & Grocery Store Dining

Kelly Roddy, CEO of WOWorks, parent company of Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, and The Simple Greek, recently completed an interview with PYMNTS.com. Kelly shares information about the success of our grocery store-within-a-store…

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  • Please note: to qualify for financing, you must meet the minimum requirements of $250,000 in liquid assets and $500,000 net worth and have a minimum credit score of 700.