Saladworks, the nation's No. 1 fresh-tossed salad franchise, announced the grand opening of its first location in Connecticutat the Westfield Trumbull Mall's dining terrace on Friday. The opening of Saladworks in Connecticutis the first of the franchise's long list of store openings in new markets. Fans can anticipate new stores in California, Texas, and North Carolinain early 2011.

Saladworks' fresh look fits perfectly in the striking transformation of Trumbull's new dining terrace. After undergoing a 16-month renovation, the dining terrace brings a new elegance to the traditional "food court."

Saladworks is proud to debut in this center with a state-of-the-art mall design, LCD menu boards, and sleek glass paneling. New customers can enjoy a free soup with the purchase of any entrée on opening day. Additionally, all customers from opening weekend will be entered for a chance to win an iPad.

The newest Saladworks is owned and operated by multi-unit franchisee Joshua Burton. With successful locations already in New Jersey and Delaware, Burton opens the Trumbull Mall Saladworks shortly after being named Operator of the Year at the franchise's annual convention in March. This new franchise is also part of Westfield's growth, and both Burton and Saladworks are thrilled that the concept is desired by the world's top landlords for their premium development.

"I'm excited to bring Saladworks to the Trumbull Mall and to Connecticut's consumers," Burton says. "The ease of operations of a Saladworks franchise, coupled with the concept's profitability easily lends itself to expanding to more and more locations."

"Joshua Burton is one of Saladworks' rising stars and we are glad for his continued success within our brand,” says Saladworks Founder and CEO John Scardapane. “It's a testament to Josh and the Saladworks brand that, even in tough economic times, he is building a brand new, progressive, and cutting-edge mall prototype. This location will be the first of many more to come in the New England market."

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