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The Big Salad gets a new owner

The seven-unit salad concept, founded by John Bornoty in 2008, was sold to Jamba franchisee Brent Sheena.
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Seven-unit salad concept The Big Salad has a new owner.

North Carolina entrepreneur Brent Sheena, a Jamba franchisee, purchased the chain from founder and CEO John Bornoty, the company announced Wednesday. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The limited-service chain was founded in Michigan in 2008 and sells customizable salads, wraps, sandwiches and soups with unlimited vegetable toppings.

The Big Salad currently has several locations in Michigan, one in Texas, and upcoming units planned in Ohio, Mississippi and North Carolina.

“The appeal of The Big Salad concept is that fast, convenient food can be fresh and nutritious, allowing the customer the ability to choose and customize a salad or wrap based on their dietary needs and preferences,” Sheena said in a statement. “We are excited to grow The Big Salad brand and bring this healthy dining option to new cities and customers in the very near future.”

Sheena owns multiple companies in computer software, IT support, shared workspace, real estate and fitness, in addition to a Jamba location in North Carolina.

He was born and raised in Michigan and was familiar with The Big Salad, noting that the concept fit with his desire to add more health-focused businesses to his portfolio.

In addition to the new locations, Sheena plans on opening a corporate store and training facility for The Big Salad in the Carolinas this year. With the deal The Big Salad’s headquarters moved to Charlotte, N.C., with a corporate office in Waterford, Mich.

Bornoty will stay on as a consultant and will help with franchise development.

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