Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, has announced an agreement with a multi-unit developer to open three stores in the next three years in Boston.
Franchisee Tien Tien Lai, owner of an IT consulting business in Boston, says Saladworks was an easy choice to make. “Like most Bostonians, I eat very well and I am very health conscious. From the time I arrived in Cape Cod from Taiwan, I studied ballet and I exercise regularly even today," she says.
"I wanted a business that gave me financial independence and also helped me impact my community positively. A life coach on Entrepreneur.com advised me to explore a business like Saladworks," Lai says. "I was already a Saladworks fan and after his advice, I explored three other salad restaurants in the Boston area. Saladworks was hands down the best!”
Founded in 1986, Saladworks operates 100 locations in 12 states, including one in Cambridge at CambridgeSide Galleria, Massachusetts. Saladworks closed in on $70 million in revenue in 2010 and is poised for aggressive growth nationally.
“Saladworks was very easy to work with. Even though I have no experience in running a restaurant, I went from exploring the franchise to signing the agreement in a month’s time," Lai says. "Their franchise document offered me much more information than I got from other franchise chains. Jason Mattes, VP, franchise development, and the whole team was very helpful and straight forward with me and gave me all the information in a timely manner."
"We are particularly excited about providing the highly educated Bostonians a healthy, fresh alternative to fast food," says CEO John Scardapane. "Tien Tien is hard-working, driven, a great entrepreneur. Like her, our franchisees have their roots in a variety of skill sets and come from all corners of the world. We help encourage entrepreneurship at the local level. Our franchisees get continued support throughout the different phases of running a restaurant and more than 70 percent of our franchisees have gone on to become multi-unit owners.”