Salad Franchise Rewards Success, Continues to Grow
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saladworks, the nation's first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, honored its franchisees at the 2010 Saladworks Annual Franchise Convention, held Tuesday, March 16 at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. The convention revealed Saladworks' 2010 strategic, operational, and marketing plans, and celebrated the hard work that has helped make Saladworks the nation's number one salad franchise.
The convention's biggest award winner was Josh Burton, a multi-unit franchisee from New Jersey, who took home the night's highest honor - Top Operator of the Year and $5,000. Burton was the first operator to complete Saladworks' new, "3G" store model and has been actively involved within the system. "I grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ where Saladworks was founded, and I followed this company since I was in grade school," Burton said. "I signed on three years ago and have always aspired to win this award."
Additional multi-unit operators, the team of Jim DiFillippo, Jeff Jones, Paul DiFillippo, and Mike Kamenar, who have various locations in the Southern New Jersey market, took home the Best Multi-Unit Operator award. New franchisees David Miller, Michael Horn, and Shawn Horn of the Cedar Crest Saladworks in Allentown, PA were given the Rookie of the Year award, honoring the location's excellent catering and delivery services.
Saladworks franchises with over one million dollars in annual sales were inducted as members of the prestigious Gold Club, and those with $850,000 in annual sales reached Silver Club status. Other awards included best in local store marketing and customer service.
"We're proud of the success of Saladworks over the past year," said Saladworks Founder/CEO, John Scardapane. "We're building and opening new stores across the country, we've achieved positive comparative store sales, and we've proven that our concept is still successful in this economy. Our convention was a great way to celebrate the hard work of our franchisees and home office staff. It's our collaborative efforts that continue to make us America's Best Salads."
Saladworks, the nation's first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, operates over 100 franchise locations in 11 states. In addition to its existing stores, the chain currently has over 60 units in development across the country. Saladworks locations offer a "fanatic'ly fresh" menu of flavorful salads with signature dressings, proprietary soups and Focaccia Fusion sandwiches. With the addition of the True Nutrition menu, Saladworks' varieties of signature salads are all 500 calories or less. Saladworks was voted the nation's number one salad franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for 2009 and 2010.