The executive team at CoreLife Eatery is pleased to announce that the active lifestyle restaurant will be expanding into the Midwest with the announcement of its first franchisee, experienced restaurateur Joyce Lunsford. Lunsford, a Michigan native, has been in the quick service restaurant business for many years and owns nearly 50 franchise restaurants including Pizza Hut, Sonic and Moe’s Southwest Grill.
“Over the years, I have always tried to find good concepts,” commented Joyce Lunsford. “CoreLife Eatery is a unique brand where the focus is on the quality and the food, which is rare nowadays within the restaurant industry. The customization of the interior and exterior, the focus on health and wellness, the energy from the moment you walk in the doors….I just think there are so many exciting benefits of the concept.”
From Lunford’s corporate office in Stevensville, Michigan, her initial plans call for 25-30 CoreLife Eatery locations throughout Michigan and possibly into Indiana. The first Michigan location will be in Bucktown, a suburb of Grand Rapids, and is slated for an April 2017 opening. Future restaurants are slated to open in the suburban areas of Ann Arbor and Detroit as well as other locations to be determined throughout the State. Lunford’s franchise agreement is for 51 CoreLife Eatery locations over the next eight years.
There are currently six New York CoreLife Eatery locations operating in Syracuse, Webster, Greece, New Hartford, Henrietta and Vestal as well as two Ohio locations in Columbus and Strongsville. CoreLife Eatery plans to expand to 300 total locations, including both corporate and franchise restaurants, over the next five years.