Saladworks to Open in Brandon, Fl

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise, is opening its Brandon, Florida location in Brandon Lakes Plaza Shopping Center, 2020 W. Brandon Blvd. Brandon, Florida. This is the first of three locations for Calvin and Felicia Rucker of Tampa Bay.

Saladworks celebrates the opening of its Brandon Florida location by offering $5 salads to all customers on the 19th,20th,and 21st of March.

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. “Because of my experience in the restaurant industry, I know how important support is. We have been overwhelmed by the support that Saladworks has offered. We have welcomed the assistance every step of the way including finding our location, negotiating our lease, marketing and opening our store.”

Florida is only one of many new states that Saladworks will embark upon in 2012. They sunny climate, affluent customer base and number of inhabitants that have moved from the tri-state area, Saladworks is sure to become a welcome addition to the Florida landscape.

“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.”

A fusion of fanatic’ly fresh and healthy menu items along with passionate customer service define the experience every guest has at a Saladworks location. Saladworks offers all fans the opportunity to create their own fresh salad, which is then expertly prepared in front of them by a Saladworks team member. They can also choose from one of 12 Signature Salads. All of Saladworks offerings are chopped fresh daily in every location across the county. Saladworks also offers proprietary soups, fresh wraps, hot panini sandwiches and Fusion sandwiches.

Saladworks, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is the nation’s first and largest fresh-salad franchise concept, operating 100 locations in 12 states with more than 60 units in development. Saladworks offers a “fanatic’ly fresh” menu of flavorful salads, signature dressings, proprietary soups, Fusion and panini sandwiches. With the addition of the True Nutrition menu, Saladworks’ signature salads average less than 300 calories. In 2012, Entrepreneur magazine named Saladworks the nation’s number-one salad franchise, for the fourth year in a row. It is consistently listed on QSR’s 10 Best Franchise Deals; Inc.’s 500/5000; and Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Scardapane was named 2011 CEO of the Year by SmartCEO. For more information, visit