‘Active lifestyle’ restaurant franchise opening doors


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A restaurant franchise that bills itself as being for those with an “active lifestyle” is opening in the area on Friday.

Syracuse, New York-based CoreLife Eatery will open its first restaurant in the state on June 9 at Bucktown shopping center, 3158 44th St. SW, in Grandville.

CoreLife Eatery offers a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes, all of which are free of trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, other artificial additives and GMOs.

The restaurant said its chicken and steak are “sustainably raised” and “never given antibiotics or hormones,” and the bone broth is “slow simmered” all day for maximum taste and nutrition.

Joyce Lunsford, CoreLife Eatery franchisee, said the restaurant is unique in the area because of its focus on the “quality of the food, health and wellness.”

“I am excited to bring this concept to Michigan, starting with Grandville,” she said.

Lunsford has an agreement with CoreLife Eatery to open up to 51 restaurants over the next eight years in Michigan and possibly Indiana, with 25 to 30 of them planned to open in the next five years.

Lunsford, who has her corporate office in Stevensville, south of St. Joseph, 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.

The first CoreLife Eatery location opened in Syracuse in 2015, and additional locations in Upstate New York and Ohio opened last year.

CoreLife Eatery plans to expand to 300 locations, including both corporate and franchise restaurants, nationwide over the next five years.

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