AL!VE café becomes locally owned franchise

E & M Food Services, Inc., has purchased the franchise rights to NOURISH by The Big Salad, operated within AL!VE. The transition from a corporately owned to a franchise location will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 6.

E & M Food Services, Inc., is owned by Charlotte residents Eric and Morene McGill, who also operate a CrossFit business in MOVE, the fitness center at AL!VE.

“This was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down,” Morene McGill said. “We love what AL!VE brings to our community – where we live and work. We want to support its efforts to transform the personal well-being of those who discover its services. NOURISH is an important part of its operations and we are dedicated to the café’s long-term success.”

The Big Salad, based in eastern Michigan, offers more than 17 million salad combinations, as well as fresh sandwich and soup options. It joined AL!VE in October 2014 and expanded its menu in the Charlotte location with smoothies and specialty coffees, and made “grab ‘n’ go” items available during off-peak times. The café has been operated directly by The Big Salad president and CEO, John Bornoty. However as The Big Salad continues to expand in the United States, it is changing its business model from corporate ownership to a franchise system.

All current employees will remain part of the NOURISH team as ownership transitions. NOURISH by The Big Salad employs approximately 10 team members. Current hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Grab ‘n’ go items are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturdays. It is closed Sundays.

Call 517-541-5815 for to-go orders or for questions. The menu and online ordering can be found at

AL!VE is an experience-based, destination health park that opened in November 2011 at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., in Charlotte, Mich. All mid-Michigan residents and visitors are welcome at AL!VE – there are no entry fees or membership requirements.