Saladworks to Open in Tustin, CA

Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, is opening its fourth California location in The Plaza LaFayette Shopping Center, 13041 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA.

This is the fourth of fifteen total locations planned for California. Sacramento Airport was Saladworks’ first endeavor than followed by Costa Mesa Saladworks which opened in early 2011. These two were followed by Village at Orange Saladworks that opened just a few months ago. The Saladworks brand continues to expand its presence on the West Coast with additional stores opening in Seattle, Texas and Arizona.

Karen Weber is no stranger to the food business. In her 25 years with Trader Joe’s, she managed several locations and understands the importance of quality, service and cleanliness in the industry.

“When I read about the first set of stores coming to California I thought, this is me,” Weber said. “I was looking into a lot of different concepts at the time, but I couldn’t get behind them. I didn’t want to get involved with a franchise that didn’t provide healthy food to its customers. To me, Saladworks is the perfect fit.”

The Saladworks concept was born in Cherry Hill, NJ more than 25 years ago. Although a long way from Cherry Hill to Orange County California the Brand is leaving its mark and making fans across the country.

“We are thrilled to open our fourth California location; the success of our California operators is just the tip of the iceberg for our West Coast expansion,” said chairman and CEO John Scardapane. “Tustin Saladworks is one of more than 25 locations that we plan to open in 2012. Karen Weber with her experience, tenacity and commitment to customer service is an integral part of our growth.”

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