(Meal-preparation franchise to open second Alabama location at Piedmont Station shopping center.)
Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate is thrilled to announce that the Missouri-based meal-preparation franchise, Lean Kitchen, will open its second Alabama location at Piedmont Station shopping center on Airport Road. After years of success at its first site in Guntersville, Ala., owners have decided to expand to the Rocket City in a 1,000-square-foot suite that will offer patrons a multitude of grab-and-go healthy meal options for fast-paced lifestyles. Lean Kitchen – Huntsville is expected to open in Q1 of 2020.
“When we opened our doors in Guntersville a few years ago, the concept immediately took off,” said Trent Hammond, co-owner of Lean Kitchen’s Alabama locations. “We’ve built up a sizeable client base in Huntsville already thanks to partnerships with local gyms. So, coming to this area was a no-brainer. We appeal to all dietary needs and we make meal prep easy and delicious. Huntsville’s growth and demand for our services make us eager to open and show everyone how easy and cost-effective healthy eating can be.”
With a mission of providing nutritional pre-prepared meals at affordable prices, Lean Kitchen prepares made-from-scratch meal options weekly that cover a range of diets including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and keto dishes. Selections include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and kid-friendly cuisine. Each meal at Lean Kitchen is made to balance lean proteins, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates so patrons can always feel confident that they will be healthy and satisfying. All meals come with a comprehensive nutrition label so customers can understand exactly what is going into their bodies.
According to Lean Kitchen’s team, some of the best-sellers are its “Muscle Bites” created with peanut butter, honey, oats, isolate protein, and semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and its Turkey Tacos made with lean ground turkey, chipotle spread dressing, and mix of seasonings. Other popular items include protein-packed pancakes, sweet teriyaki chicken bowls, and oven-baked chicken and veggies. There’s also a range of dessert items like brownies and donuts. All items are prepped in containers and ready for pick-up at any time. No pre-ordering or appointments are necessary.
“In a growing city like Huntsville, people’s schedules can be jam-packed making it more difficult to stay on top of fitness and nutritional goals,” said Rusty Glines, co-owner. “Lean Kitchen is an alternative to the drive-thru lifestyle because we offer the same convenience as fast-food without preservatives, flavors, colors, and other artificial ingredients. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice delicious food to eat healthily. It has been very rewarding to see the positive impact we’ve made in people’s lives so far.”
Inside its bright, modern interior, the meal-prep concept will have all meals ready to grab along with a selection of beverages. While the site functions mostly as a grab-and-go, there will be limited seating available and a way to heat and eat meals on-site. In addition to providing ready-made meals in-store, Lean Kitchen will also offer local catering services for groups and events.
“Lean Kitchen will be an excellent addition to the Huntsville area—a community that continues to place growing importance on health and wellness,” said Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Agent Eric St. John, CCIM. “When searching for a location, the team wanted somewhere that would be convenient to commuters and near hard-working professionals who lead a busy lifestyle. Piedmont Station provided both of those features along with great visibility. I believe the community will eagerly embrace this concept.”
Co-owners Hammond and Glines said that their time in Guntersville has taught them the importance of the services they are offering and has only enhanced their desire to grow.
“The success stories we hear keep us motivated,” said Hammond. “We’ve talked to people who were able to make a permanent lifestyle change without stressing out over grocery shopping, meal planning, and prepping. Our staff is very knowledgeable and will always sit down with you to discuss your individual goals and determine which meals are right for you. Our experience is customizable and we want you to be the best you can be. Come give us a try and see how tasty and easy it can be to eat with nutrition in mind.”
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