Fast Casual Magazine named Great Harvest one of the “Top 100 Movers & Shakers” of 2006. The publication, which follows industry trends, said those selected “truly care about quality.” Great Harvest ranked in the top one third and is the only company with the special niche of 100 percent whole grain bread made daily from freshly ground, premium wheat from the high plains of Montana.
Karen McDougall, owner of the University Place Great Harvest (3800 Bridgeport Way) says, “Being a part of the Great Harvest family has been exceptional.”
Fast Casual Editor Fred Minnick said in the January edition, “We didn’t just evaluate sales numbers-because some smaller chains have made innovative moves.” Great Harvest has more than 210 bakeries across the nation, and carefully limits its growth despite a steady flow of franchise applicants.
“The nine Great Harvests in the Puget Sound area are especially fortunate to have each other for advice, or that last minute ingredient or item that you can’t do without,” McDougall noted. “We do some group buying and fund raisers together. We are delighted with our 2005 move to University Place. There are exciting things happening here and we feel that we make a great compliment to that. The residents of UP have given us a wonderful welcome and make our store the warmest place in town!