The Salad Shop—the Baton Rouge-based salad concept in Acadian-Perkins Plaza—has been acquired by The Green House Salad Co., a similar Lake Charles-based concept.
The acquisition means The Salad Shop will close its doors Thursday at 3 p.m., after which Green House Salad Co. will immediately assume the space and open for business.
“I approached [Green House Salad Co.], and we’ve been working on a deal for the past few months,” says Salad Shop owner Bradley Sanchez, citing “personal reasons” for wanting to exit the business. “But Baton Rouge still has the market for a salad concept. That location is prime.”
Sanchez moved the business—a fast-casual concept where customers could build their own salads or wraps—into the 1,500-square-foot shopping center space in late 2013. Just shy of two years later and with an eye toward expansion, he planned to open another location in the Coursey Place Shopping Center, which has since closed permanently.
Sanchez declines to disclose his future plans, but notes his roughly 10 Salad Shop employees have been given the option to begin working for Green House immediately upon the tenant switch.
Shopping center landlord Jon Claitor says Green House will take over the remainder of The Salad Shop’s lease agreement, which had four years left.
“Bradley has been a model tenant for six years,” Claitor says. “It’s really just extending from one hand to another, and I’m happy with the exchange between the two.”
Meanwhile, the Green House Salad Co.—which also offers build-your-own and custom salad bowl options, such as Cajun cobb salad and a “Maneater” salad with grilled chicken, shrimp, bacon, egg and croutons—bills itself as eco-friendly, aiming to reduce its environmental footprint through its packaging and recycling.
The Acadian-Perkins location will mark The Green House Salad Co.’s second in Baton Rouge and fourth statewide, counting two others in Lake Charles and Shreveport.