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Fresh Corner Cafe expands with workplace cafe service

Fresh Corner Cafe can now be found in commercial retail spots and office spaces across Metro Detroit.

The Midtown-based business (it calls the Green Garage home) recently launched a workplace cafe service where it installs a cooler at a workplace where patrons can swipe a credit card and take the food when they want. The pilot program can be found in five offices across the region, including St. John's Hospital in Clinton Township and the Franklin Athletic Club.

"We're bringing the corner store model to employers," says Noam Kimelman, co-founder of Fresh Corner Cafe.

The three-year-old business has made a name for itself as a supplier of healthy, organic foods to corner store bodegas across the Motor City. Its sandwiches and wraps can be found in 20 party stores in Detroit. The company has grown to a staff of seven employees after hiring another delivery person over the last year.

Kimelman would like to see both the corner store service and the work place cafe grow to a point where they can each support themselves. The Fresh Corner Cafe team is working to grow to 50 corner store accounts and 50 work place cafe accounts by the summer of 2015. The company is targeting both business offices for work place cafe locations, as well as community centers, where it hopes customers will be able to pay with Bridge cards.

"We're going for 20 work place cafes right now," Kimelman says.

Source: Noam Kimelman, co-founder of Fresh Corner Cafe
Writer: Jon Zemke

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