Richmond to get its first Sweetgreen restaurant

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Sweetgreen is taking over the space next to Monkee’s clothing store and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. (Photo by Mike Platania)

A national restaurant chain has chosen Carytown for its local market debut. 

Sweetgreen, which serves salads and bowls and has more than 200 locations nationwide, is preparing to open its first Richmond-area location in the Carytown Exchange at 3502 W. Cary St.

The restaurant is taking one of the final suites in the Carytown Exchange with a 2,200-square-foot spot next to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, according to planning documents filed with the city in recent days.

It’s unclear when Sweetgreen hopes to open in Richmond. Spokespeople for the company weren’t available for comment by press time. 

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Sweetgreen’s bowls are typically priced around $15. (Courtesy Sweetgreen)

Sweetgreen will join a host of other national food chains at the Publix-anchored development, including Pure Green, Torchy’s Tacos, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Burtons Grill & Bar and Rise Southern Biscuits, the last of which is aiming to open this fall.

Only two suites totaling around 3,000 square feet remain available at the Carytown Exchange, according to a leasing flier from Thalhimer, whose brokers David Crawford and Jim Ashby handle leasing at the development.

Sweetgreen was founded in D.C. in 2006 and is now headquartered in Los Angeles. Among its hundreds of locations are 20 spots in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia area. 

The company went public in the fall of 2021 but has struggled to post a profit since. It lost $26 million in the first quarter of 2024, according to SEC filings. 

It salads and bowls are typically priced around $15. 

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George MacGuffin
George MacGuffin
1 day ago

The company went public in the fall of 2021 but has struggled to post a profit since. It lost $26 million in the first quarter of 2024…”

More like Losin’ Green

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
1 day ago

With those prices, I can’t see why. Haha

Brett Themore
Brett Themore
1 day ago

It’s really good, I enjoy their offerings, a bit expensive but what isn’t these days.

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
1 day ago
Reply to  Brett Themore

Bideneconomics

Brett Themore
Brett Themore
2 hours ago
Reply to  Adam Smith

This isn’t Facebooks comment section. Try over there.
Now get off my lawn.

Last edited 1 hour ago by Brett Themore
Steve Cook
Steve Cook
1 day ago

This explains why I have been such a failure in business. If I lost 24 million dollars in the first quarter of a year, I’d be closing up shop, not looking to expand my losses.

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
1 day ago

$15 is too much for a salad, and then add on the city tax’s you’re closer to $20. Food prices are too high and nothing is being done about it.

Brett Themore
Brett Themore
2 hours ago
Reply to  Adam Smith

I thought you all wanted a free capitalistic market… Or do you prefer the government begin to regulate business more? Perhaps force farmers to sell their goods for less? Maybe force workers into pay levels at the poverty line? Regulate CEO/exec pay? I’ve heard, people should pull yourselves up by the boot straps and get a better job and pay your own way and quit complaining. What say you?

Last edited 1 hour ago by Brett Themore
chris Malo
chris Malo
23 hours ago

I could not be more excited. When I am in Boston, I’ll go once or twice a week. The Chicken Pesto Parm spinach salad is on point!

Shawn Harper
Shawn Harper
18 hours ago
Reply to  chris Malo

On point?

Steve Cook
Steve Cook
17 hours ago
Reply to  Shawn Harper

Toast points, I’m guessing. Sounds delicious.

Lonzo Harris
Lonzo Harris
23 hours ago

26 million in losses in one quarter,time to re-organize.

Bruce Milam
Bruce Milam
22 hours ago
Reply to  Lonzo Harris

Or double the CEO’s salary and bonuses!

Shawn Harper
Shawn Harper
18 hours ago
Reply to  Bruce Milam

I like seeing your use of humor!

Alissa Woolfolk
Alissa Woolfolk
16 hours ago

If they are already losing money, why are they opening more stores. Why don’t they figure out where the money is going? I’ll definitely try it though.

Shawn Braxton
Shawn Braxton
6 hours ago

Richmond has enough restaurants. How about a national sports team, a casino, a theme park, something in this city besides warehouses and restaurants.