Industry News | June 1, 2011

Three's a Charm for Saladworks

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise, has opened a new location in Centerville Square Shopping Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

This is the third restaurant location for Lancaster-based Saladworks franchisees Curtis High and Jordan Rideout, and they are currently developing a fourth, slated to open by the end of the year.

High school friends turned business partners, High and Rideout each had more than a decade of experience in operations at a restaurant franchise and a large retail construction store, respectively.

High says even though he managed a fast food restaurant, he often found himself seeking out Saladworks’ healthy, fresh offerings at lunch time. Rideout says he also was a fan of Saladworks and it took him mere moments to make up his mind when High proposed the subject of a partnership.

“Saladworks has been tremendous for us. When we opened our first location in 2006 in Lititiz, Pennsylvania, Saladworks actively guided us through the whole process, from signing the lease to opening the restaurant and maximizing profitability,” High says. “Thanks to the support of the Saladworks team, we have opened a new location every single year. Their mentorship has been simply invaluable.”

High and Rideout are seeing robust growth at all of their locations. The Centerville location is doubly special for High because it is in the school district that he grew up attending.

With the addition of the LancasterSaladworks, the salad franchise now has more than 40 locations statewide. The franchise is expanding nationwide and will open 25 locations by the end of 2011. Another 46 locations are under development to open in 2012.

“Curtis and Jordan are two of our most entrepreneurial franchisees, and we’re watching their growth with a lot of excitement,” said Founder and CEO John Scardapane. “The majority of Saladworks franchisees are multi-unit operators, which is a testament to their loyalty to the brand and the scalability of Saladworks.”

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