Our company receives location requests for Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants on a daily basis. I am not sure how many other restaurant companies receive on a daily basis, but I feel our location requests grow more and more everyday!
It is amazing to see how specific these location requests get.
Some of the requests we receive are so specific, that requests include exact cross streets i.e. ‘Sweet Tomatoes PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come to the corner of A St and 19th Ave. in ____ (fill in city). We promise we will eat there once a week! Your business will be booming!!!
Other requests will mention a recent closure of other businesses that a Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes would be a perfect fit. i.e. ‘Guess what, ____________(fill in business that closed) went out of business and now we can enjoy your salad bar everyday if you come to our city.’
Then we get the pleading. i.e. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, COME TO OHIO……AKRON/CANTON AREA. WE LOVE SWEET TOMATOES, WHEN IN ONE OF YOUR AREAS.
We get phone calls and emails every day asking for a new location. Some guests request a location because they had Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes on vacation and enjoyed it, others may ask for a location because they used to live near a Souplantation/ Sweet Tomatoes location but have moved to a state where there are no locations, for whatever reason it is, we are happy to see the requests!
The location requests range from growing in a city we are already located in, expanding to a new state we are not currently in (most popular requests are Indiana and Tennessee) but we have also had international requests such as the UK, Australia and most recently, South Korea. Sadly, we will not be expanding internationally until we make a larger mark in the U.S.
We have had so many requests lately that I wanted to write about the next few that are opening to cure some curiosity out there:
Boynton Beach, FL November 2010
Escondido, CA December 2010
Howard Hughes (Los Angeles), CA December 2010
Port Richey, FL January 2011
Keep checking back for more grand openings and please keep sending in those requests. We do read each one and share it with our Real Estate Development Department.