Saladworks, LLC is a restaurant franchise that serves made-to-order entrée salads, wraps, soups, and sandwiches. Saladworks restaurants are classified as fast casual, and the company markets its menu as a healthy alternative to other fast food fare. The franchise currently operates 110 restaurant locations in 15 states and is developing locations internationally. It continues to develop exclusively through its Multiple Unit Development approach, focusing on development in metropolitan areas throughout the usa. The restaurant chain also has stores in Canada, Dubai and Singapore.
Saladworks was founded on October 1, 1986, by John Scardapane, who served as the company’s CEO until 2015. The initial Saladworks opened in the Cherry Hill Mall, the success of which inspired the opening of 12 additional locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Saladworks began franchising in 2001, and through 2007 had 88 locations in eight states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, and Illinois. Today, the franchise operates over 100 restaurant locations in 13 states and has announced plans to expand into new markets in the United States and internationally.
On February 17, 2015, Saladworks filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition and listed Commerce Bank and Metro Bank founder Vernon Hill being a major creditor. The bankruptcy filing stated it was looking for a venture capitalist.Saladworks was acquired by Centre Lane Partners in June 2015, and promoted Saladworks president Paul Steck to CEO, replacing founder John Scardapane.
In October 2008, Saladworks began a major branding change, unveiling a brand new design prototype. Existing restaurants that have adopted the newest design, as well as brand-new Saladworks locations built across the new design, happen to be dubbed “3G Restaurants” by the company. Changes include refrigerated salad display cases, the omission of menu boards, diffused artificial lighting to emulate daylight entering through skylights, along with a higher level of design consistency across all Saladworks locations
Saladworks, the leading salad-centric franchise brand, has successfully upgraded its point of sale system across its nearly 100 restaurants through the support and partnership with Gusto® Point of Sale (POS). Following the achievements of kbchzg initial pilot store testing period in early 2017, Saladworks began a company-wide roll out implementing the Gusto POS platform to help drive customer engagement via a digital omni-channel ordering platform built to power the franchise brand. Saladworks and Gusto worked diligently to implement a universal platform that will empower the franchisees, along with corporate, to help make vital decisions with real-time data.