Saladworks Signs Three-Store Deal in Tampa, Florida

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-salad franchise signed a three-store franchise agreement with Calvin and Felicia Rucker of Tampa Bay.

The first store, set to open in mid-2012 will be located at 2020 W. Brandon Blvd., the couple’s two other stores will follow in subsequent years.

“Expansion in areas outside of the Philadelphia market is an integral part of our growth plan,” said Chairman/CEO, John Scardapane. “The three-store agreement with the Ruckers in Tampa Bay is just the first step in making Saladworks a household name in, not only Florida, but along the entire East Coast; we’re excited to have Calvin and Felicia on board to help us accomplish that.”

After 25 years as a district manager for a fast food chain, Calvin Rucker was looking to open a business that not only aligned with his experience and health-conscious lifestyle, but also had a solid background and support system.

“Saladworks’ concept is one that Felicia and I wholeheartedly believe in; we lead a healthy lifestyle and want to help others do the same,” Calvin Rucker said. “But, more than that, Saladworks helps us every step of the way, from finding a location and lease negotiations to marketing and operations. That support was really important to us.”

With 100 locations in 12 states, Saladworks has franchise agreements signed for five new U.S. markets, including Louisiana, Washington, South Carolina, Texas and Washington, D.C. Saladworks also has multi-unit agreements signed in Pinellas and Broward Counties. On track to open more than 20 new U.S. locations in 2012, the company has also signed a 15-store franchise agreement in Singapore.

Saladworks, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is the nation’s first and largest fresh salad franchise concept and operates around 100 franchise locations in 12 states. In addition to existing stores, the chain currently has more than 60 units in development across the country. Saladworks locations offer a “fanatic’ly fresh” menu of flavorful salads with signature dressings, proprietary soups, Fusion and panini sandwiches. With the addition of the True Nutrition menu, Saladworks’ varieties of signature salads all average less than 300 calories. For more information on franchising or True Nutrition, please visit