Back in 2007, sweetgreen opened their first store location in Washington D.C.

May 17, 2017 - Food

It’s hard to believe but sweetgreen was founded nearly 10 years ago; back in August 2007.

The fast-salad franchise was founded by three Georgetown University graduates: Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru, and Jonathan Neman, just 3 months after they graduated. The three crowdsourced money from friends and family to start the first sweetgreen location on M Street NW in Washington, D.C.

And that first location is still standing!  It’s a funny looking, hobbit house on the same Georgetown campus the three graduated from, so if you’re in the area, you can visit that original Sweetgreen location

Sweetgreen’s Significant Growth

Since Sweetgreen’s opening in 2007, it has expanded significantly, and become a favorite spot among for after-the-gym or during lunch (though lines can be exceptionally long between noon and 1:30 PM). As of 2016, that one location is now over 60 locations across the states. With plans of building out more multiple locations in 2017 in cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago.

If you’ve ever walked by a Sweetgreen during lunch hour, it gets packed–and for good reason. Their salads and bowls are hearty, healthy and fresh – but still healthy (calories wise). Always built with locally sourced ingredients, their salads are not only tasty and flavorful, but unique and with texture.  

Don’t be overly-concerned when you see the line winding out the door; in most locations, the employees do a great job of managing lines, keeping the line moving by working seamlessly in a conveyor belt fashion. This isn’t always the case however. If you know your sweetgreen to not work this efficiently, there’s another option to order online. Or have it delivered.

If you’re hankering for a hearty salad for lunch but don’t want to spend most of your lunch waiting in line, Sweetgreen offers a convenient order-over-the-phone option. Skip the line by ordering through Sweetgreen’s App! It’s simple. Through the app, you can select your desired pick-up location, build your salad, and place your order. Pay through the app and simply pick up your salad from the Pick-up wall located behind the register at your designated Sweetgreen location.

Check our Sweetgreens CORE VALUES

One of the reasons that sweetgreen is successful is their culture and values. These six core values embody sweetgreen’s “culture, spirit and dedication” to doing what’s right. Their core values also keep the company aligned and assist them in making decisions from the ingredients that are served to the way they design the layout and feel of their stores. Take a look at their six core values that we pulled from their website.

  • win, win, win
    • create solutions where the company wins, the customer wins, the community wins.
  • think sustainably
    • make decisions that last longer than you will.
  • keep it real
    • cultivate authentic food and relationships.
  • add the sweet touch
    • create meaningful connections every day
  • make an impact
    • leave people better than you found them.
  • live the sweetlife
    • celebrate your passion and your purpose.

What has made Sweetgreen such a hit? The fact that all their ingredients are delivered fresh daily and a culture that won’t allow them to act out of character. Not to mention the yummy salad creations on their featured menu. And their streamlined ordering process both in-store and via mobile.

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