Brand Promise

At Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, our goal is to leave you saying, “WOW!” – feeling uplifted and energized.


Dairy Free

Gen Z Approved

Helping guests live their best life

The Numbers

$386K – 786K
Investment Range
Liquid Assets
Franchise Fee
Net Worth

Our Franchise Partners

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Our WOW Leadership Team

Kelly Roddy, CEO

Bryan Kelly Roddy is our Chief Executive Officer and President, a position he has held since our inception. Kelly is also the Chief Executive Officer and President of our affiliates Saladworks, LLC, since August 2019 and Garbanzo Franchising Co., LLC since December 2020. 

From March 2017 to August 2019, Kelly was the President of Schlotzsky’s Franchisor SPV, LLC, and from December 2007 to August 2019, Kelly was President of Schlotzsky’s Franchise, LLC in Atlanta, GA.

Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer

Eric Lavinder joined Saladworks in mid-2018 to revive a brand that had tremendous growth potential. With the addition of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek, the WOWorks Holding company was formed. As the Chief Development Officer for WOWorks, Lavinder is responsible for all franchise, license, and corporate growth, including new verticals beyond typical growth sectors. Lavinder also oversees the real estate and construction team.

Prior to arriving at Saladworks, Lavinder was the EVP at The Simple Greek, a startup franchise built from the ground up and funded by Marcus Lemonis, the host of “The Profit” on CNBC and owner of Camping World. Other roles Lavinder has held in the past include the Executive Director of ML (Marcus Lemonis) Food Group, LLC, and Director of US Non-traditional business development for Quiznos.

John Geyerman, VP of Operations and General Manager

John Geyerman is our Brand General Manager, a position he has held since our inception, and a position he held with our predecessor since January 2020, in Denver, Colorado. John also has served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Corporate Store Operation of our affiliate Saladworks, LLC, since October 2019.

From August 2018 – March 2019, John was Vice President of Franchise Sales for Dickey’s Barbeque Restaurants, Inc., based in Dallas, TX. From August 2015 to July 2018, John was Executive Vice President of Hospitality Group for Angmar Companies in Mansfield, TX. John was Vice President of Franchise Operations for Focus Brands, Inc. (Schlotzsky’s) in Dallas. TX, from September 2009 to August 2015. John also founded Opsmedics, a professional Consulting group based in Mansfield, TX, which he operated from August 2018 to October 2019.

Our Steps to Your WOW!

Franchise Inquiry
Initial Call
Franchise Disclosure Document Review
Due Diligence
Brand Overview Call
Sign Franchise Agreement


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.

Why People Love Garbanzo

Garbanzo delicious Mediterranean food

@eatgarbanzo serves up nutritious and delicious Mediterranean food.

gluten-free plate of tasty Mediterrean food

This here is an overflowing, 💯percent gluten-free plate of tasty Mediterrean food from Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh

Fresh Mediterrean Plate from Garbonzo

This combo is the BOMB🔥

In The News

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Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh Adds Seven Restaurants from The Simple Greek

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a leading fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant brand, will be the new face of seven The Simple Greek Restaurants that are converting to join the Mediterranean brand by the end of the year. These conversions are an example of the…

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Frutta Bowls/Saladworks Co-Brand Sign

WOWorks Growth Report – November Update

Construction, development, and training is on fire at WOWorks! We opened 6 new locations since the beginning of October, and currently we have 19 new locations under construction to open in the next 4 months. Our biggest focus has been Co-Brand…

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Garbanzo Gift Card

WOWorks Restaurants Gets into The Holiday Giving Spirit with a Bonus Gift Card

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — WOWorks, the parent company of good-for-you restaurant brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, has launched a $5 bonus gift card for every purchase…

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WOWorks Becomes First Franchisors to Adopt the Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership Program

WOWorks Become First Franchisors to Adopt the Pathways to Black Franchise Ownership…

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Q&A with Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer

In this exclusive Q&A, we learn more about the Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh franchise opportunity from Eric Lavinder, chief development officer at…

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Growth Report

New Locations Update – September Growth Report

WOWorks restaurant locations are popping up everywhere! 16 new locations currently under construction to open soon, and we signed 3 franchise agreements and opened 4 restaurants in September….

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Best-Friends-Turned-Business-Partners on How to Successfully Navigate Co-Ownership

Learn how Derek St. George, Karl Schmidt and Leigha Schmidt, co-owners of two locations in the Boston, MA area, navigate their since middle-school friendship while being business…

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