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4 03, 2022

Saladworks Opens 20 Ghost Kitchen Locations in Central Florida through its Partnership with Combo Kitchen

2022-03-04T14:03:06-05:00March 4th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Saladworks Menu Items Will Be Offered for Delivery through Combo Kitchen’s Ghost Kitchen Agreement with Florida-based WingHouse Bar & Grill Restaurants.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of brands, is opening 20 new ghost kitchen locations through its partnership with Combo Kitchen, the world’s leading and largest ghost kitchen franchise. Scheduled to begin operations by March 25, Saladworks menu items will soon be available for delivery across Central Florida through Combo Kitchen’s agreement with the Florida-based restaurant chain, WingHouse Bar & Grill, and its numerous locations throughout the state.

As restaurants evolve with consumer demand for delivery and takeout, linking Saladworks new ghost kitchens to the restaurant concepts within the Combo Kitchen franchise system helps create greater variety for its customers with better-for-you menu options. This partnership also allows Saladworks to extend its fresh, nutritional menu offerings into new markets with minimal costs, and experiment and test before investing in costs associated with real estate, development, and staffing.

“We are excited to expand our brand into Central Florida through our partnership with Combo Kitchen,” said Brian Farris, WOWorks Chief Development Officer, parent company of Saladworks. “Normally, expanding into an entirely new market is costly for potential franchisees. This partnership allows us to gain new customers without needing to invest upfront in a brick-and-mortar store. We also gain additional benefits, such as raising Saladworks’ brand awareness in new regions and giving our guests more points of delivery and pickup.”

“We are seeing a huge and growing demand from new and established restaurant brands to utilize our ghost kitchen franchise network to expand their footprint and increase revenue streams,” says Hossein Kasmai, founder and CEO of Combo Kitchen and Franchise Creator. “This partnership between WingHouse and Saladworks is a perfect example of how Combo Kitchens facilitates win-win situations for restaurant owners looking to capitalize on the growing takeout and delivery market with minimal investment or disruption to operations.”

“We are excited to bring on an iconic brand like Saladworks to the WingHouse system,” says Michael Aminpour, President at Elite Food Management, franchisees of WingHouse. “We believe Saladworks is one of the premier salad companies in the nation and are excited to join the family. We look forward to growing the brand and bringing their popular create-your-own salads to the Florida DMA.”

The WingHouse Bar & Grill restaurants offering Saladworks menu items for delivery are located in West Bradenton, North Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Ellenton, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Largo, New Port Richey, Ocala, North Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Sanford, Tampa and Wesley Chapel. Operating entirely behind the scenes and without any disruption of their typical operations, WingHouse restaurants offering Saladworks delivery will be able to increase revenue streams and volume.

In the past year alone, Saladworks has grown by more than 42 restaurant locations, entering new markets such as Michigan and Nevada. Roughly 79% of these openings mark non-traditional presences, i.e., ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail, airports, hospitals and universities, as the brand continues to flex its muscles as an industry disruptor. For more information about owning a Saladworks franchise, visit https://franchise.saladworks.com/.

ABOUT COMBO KITCHEN:
Recently named to Entrepreneurs 2022 Franchise 500® list, ranked #1 in the “Ghost Kitchen” category and ranked among the top 100 fastest growing franchises in the world, Combo Kitchen provides a revolutionary business model for entrepreneurs in the restaurant industry through the use of proven and established brands as ghost kitchens. By offering national brands for placement in existing kitchens for delivery and takeout only, Combo Kitchen allows restaurant owners to take full advantage of the rapidly growing delivery market and reach a new customer base. Combo Kitchen also provides a revolutionary solution for entrepreneurs who can combine two or three of its well-recognized restaurant brands and operate them in one single fast casual restaurant for dine in, delivery and take-out. In just its first year of business, Combo Kitchen has grown by upwards of 170 locations and is currently considered one of the fastest growing ghost kitchens in the world. Combo Kitchen is the perfect solution for restaurant owners or entrepreneurs to maximize their profits with no additional costs. For more information, visit www.combokitchen.com.

ABOUT ELITE FOOD MANAGEMENT
Elite Food Management is the operating franchisee company for Winghouse throughout the Florida market. Elite believes in operational excellence and efficiency with focus being on customer service and employee empowerment. Elite Food Management strives to always serve the best food with best quality customer service. We believe in quality food, quality people, and great atmospheres at all our locations.

SOURCE Saladworks

ABOUT SALADWORKS:

Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 160 locations across 25 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

14 12, 2021

WOWorks Continues Partnership with The GIANT Company with Four New Locations, Including a Co-Branded Restaurant Concept

2021-12-14T09:40:42-05:00December 14th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Parent Company of Good-For-You Restaurant Franchises Introduces Two New Saladworks and Frutta Bowls Co-Branded Restaurants Inside Popular Grocery Store Chain. 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — WOWorks, the parent company of good-for-you restaurant brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, is continuing its strong partnership with The GIANT Company with plans to open four new locations which include two Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded restaurant store-within-a-store locations.

Just recently, WOWorks opened a new co-branded Saladworks and Frutta Bowls location on November 12 inside the GIANT located at 2201 Cottman Avenue in Philadelphia. A second co-branded Saladworks and Frutta Bowls location opened at a newly remodeled GIANT at 7150 Hamilton Blvd. in Trexlertown, PA, on November 22. In addition, a new Saladworks location opened on November 29 in the newly remodeled GIANT store on 2300 Linglestown Rd. in Harrisburg.

“We are thrilled to launch this Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded restaurant inside GIANT, as this showcases how we can open our two great healthy-halo brands together needing only 200 square feet – a perfectly sized restaurant for grocery stores,” said Kelly Roddy, CEO of WOWorks. “This grocery store model is gaining traction because they are quicker to build out and open, have attractive back-end efficiencies, and give customers more menu options covering all dayparts to help increase store foot-traffic.”

This introduction of the Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded model is part of WOWorks store-within-a-store growth strategy focused on opening multiple restaurant brands together in non-traditional locations with design and buildout flexibility and greater efficiencies due to shared back-end operations and equipment.

On December 10, WOWorks will also open its first franchisee owned store-within-a-store Frutta Bowls location in the GIANT at 4377 Swamp Road Doylestown, PA. Jordan Rideout and Curtis High are owners of eight Saladworks locations throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware, and this will be their first Frutta Bowls restaurant and first store-within-a-store location. “We are excited to offer GIANT customers’ Frutta Bowls’ menu of fresh healthy smoothies, bowls and bites,” said Jordan Rideout, co-owner of Frutta Bowls at the GIANT store in Doylestown.

WOWorks is actively seeking qualified franchise partners interested in multi-unit and single-unit ownership, preferably individuals with business experience and/or franchise experience, and a passion for serving guests. For more information about owning a WOWorks franchise or co-branded franchise restaurant, https://franchise.saladworks.com/  and https://franchise.fruttabowls.com/.

ABOUT WOWORKS:

WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful meals along with its Vow to “WOW!” guest hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of: Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, protein bites and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on traditional Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

ABOUT SALADWORKS:

Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 160 locations across 25 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

ABOUT FRUTTA BOWLS

Founded in 2016 to fulfill a need for fresh and flavorful plant-centric dining options, Frutta Bowls has since grown from its original location in Freehold, New Jersey to more than 30 locations. From Acai to Zinc, Frutta Bowls uses only the freshest, ripest and most flavorful plant-based, whole-food ingredients featured in customizable bowls and smoothies, as well as toasts and protein bites. For more information, visit www.fruttabowls.com.

3 12, 2021

WOWorks Restaurant Brands Finalizes 12 Co-Branded Franchise Agreements and Openings in 10 States in 2021

2021-12-03T12:58:11-05:00December 3rd, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Better-For-You, Fast-Casual Restaurant Brands’ Experience Growth of its Co-Branding Restaurant Concepts in Traditional Franchise Spaces, Grocery Stores and other Non-Traditional Verticals.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The WOWorks family of restaurant brands, Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, experienced growth of its co-branded restaurant concepts in 2021 with six locations opening and six additional franchise agreements signed across ten states by the end of the year.

“We are seeing an accelerated growth in co-branded WOWorks restaurants because our healthy-halo brands meet growing menu and flavor demands, and have the flexibility in size and operation to open alongside current restaurants and inside many non-traditional spaces,” said Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer for WOWorks. “By sharing a front and back-end, co-branded restaurants can build-out more efficiently to open quicker, have lower operating costs, and cover more dayparts to attract more guests and generate sales.”

In December, a Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded restaurant will open in West Bloomfield, MI, a first for both brands in the state. Another co-branded location will open in Middletown, DE, where an existing Saladworks restaurant will add Frutta Bowls. And, for the first time, a Frutta Bowls restaurant coming to Hermitage, PA, will add on Saladworks to become a co-branded restaurant.

Several store-within-a-store co-branded restaurants are also part of this growth, such as Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded restaurants opening in grocery stores in and around the Philadelphia area. In addition, an existing store-within-a-store Saladworks restaurant in a ShopRite store in Staten Island, NY, is also adding Frutta Bowls to create a co-branded restaurant. A current Philadelphia-based Fresh Grocer already has a co-branded Saladworks and Frutta Bowls restaurant as well.

On top of the co-branded openings in 2021, WOWorks signed additional co-branded restaurant agreements this year, including locations in Reno, NV, and San Juan Capistrano, CA; both are slated to open in the spring. An existing Saladworks restaurant in Morgantown, WV also signed an agreement to add on Frutta Bowls in 2022. Other Saladworks and Frutta Bowls co-branded restaurant agreements include a location in Norfolk, VA, and a three-location signing in Draper, UT, which will open one co-branded restaurant in 2022 and the other two at a later date.

If you are interested in owning a WOWorks restaurant brand franchise, visit https://franchise.saladworks.com/, https://franchise.fruttabowls.com/, and https://franchise.eatgarbanzo.com to learn more.

ABOUT WOWORKS:

WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful meals along with its Vow to “WOW!” guest hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of: Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, protein bites and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on traditional Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

10 11, 2021

WOWorks Restaurants Gets into The Holiday Giving Spirit with a $5 Bonus Gift Card for Every $25 Gift Card Purchase

2021-11-10T10:15:00-05:00November 10th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

New Seasonal Deal Makes It Easy to Eat Healthy During the Holidays.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — WOWorks, the parent company of good-for-you restaurant brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, has launched a $5 bonus gift card for every purchase of a $25 gift card during the holiday season. The deal is introduced to provide healthy and affordable meals to the community during the holidays and as a way to share delicious food with your loved ones.

Throughout November and December, all Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek guests will receive an additional $5 gift card with any gift card purchase of $25. Guests can purchase gift cards directly in-store at the restaurant. Saladworks, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek have already launched this promotion while Frutta Bowls will begin theirs on November 15.

“It’s the season of giving and we want to thank our loyal guests who continued to support us during these last few challenging years,” said Kelly Roddy, CEO of WOWorks. “We are excited to continue providing healthy options and giving our customers great deals during the holidays.”

Following the holidays, guests will have a chance to use the bonus $5 gift card for a limited time in-person at the restaurant. The $5 bonus gift card for Saladworks, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek can be redeemed between January 1 and February 28, 2022. The $5 bonus gift card for Frutta Bowls can be used between January 1 and March 31, 2022.

Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ brands all share a core DNA based upon fresh, flavorful and healthy food along with a heart for hospitality served through convenient business channels, which appeals to Millennial families and Gen Z guests.

Between all of its brands, WOWorks has more than 240 locations across the United States and Canada. Saladworks alone grew by more than 39 units so far in 2021, entering markets such as Arizona, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Non-traditional presence within locations, such as ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail, hospitals and universities, have proven a huge avenue of growth for the brand, with even more planned in 2022, including a massive deal with Ghost Kitchen Brands. The Simple Greek currently has 20 locations, Frutta Bowls has 37 locations, and Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh has 25, with aggressive growth expected for both Frutta Bowls and Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh in the coming year, including co-branded restaurants.

For more information about WOWorks brands and each restaurant’s Holiday Season Gift Card offers, visit www.saladworks.com, www.fruttabowls.com, www.eatgarbanzo.com, and www.thesimplegreek.com.

ABOUT WOWORKS:

WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful meals along with its Vow to “WOW!” guest hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of:  Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, protein bites and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on traditional Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

29 09, 2021

Saladworks Celebrates 35 Year Milestone by Fundraising for No Kid Hungry

2021-09-29T16:33:06-04:00September 29th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Fast Casual Restaurant Franchise Creates Fall LTO to Drive Awareness and Donations for Kids in Need of Meals.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of brands, will celebrate its 35th birthday on Sept. 30. To commemorate this milestone, the brand wants to give back to the communities it serves by donating 35 cents from the sale of each of its new Amy’s Fall Fest entrees to No Kid Hungry. Saladworks will also give 35 bonus points to each Saladworks Rewards member that donates $5 to its No Kid Hungry fundraiser, the High Five Challenge, which started on September 1 and runs through October 17, 2021.

Amy’s Fall Fest was created from the winning recipe of the Saladworks’ Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge, which invited Saladworks Rewards members across the nation to create a new original recipe from Saladworks ingredients over the summer. Amy Sarli-Prelle was the winner of the Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge, and her recipe is featured for a limited time in the form of a themed Salad, Warm Grain Bowl, and Wrap.

Sarli-Prelle’s winning salad, Amy’s Fall Fest, is perfect for the fall weather rolling in. The entree is a blend of radiatore pasta, romaine/iceberg blend, roasted turkey, smoky bacon, diced apples, diced red onions, applewood smoked gouda cheese, walnuts and apple cider vinaigrette.

The Saladworks’ Flavor Your World Challenge was developed to help support No Kid Hungry, a cause to help end childhood hunger. The High Five Challenge has been created by Saladworks’ parent company WOWorks’, which also includes Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek. Collectively, WOWorks brands are trying to raise $400,000 to give 4 million meals to kids in need.

There are five ways guests can team up with Saladworks to be a part of the High Five Challenge and support No Kid Hungry:

  • Making a donation of $1 or $5 to No Kid Hungry after purchasing their meal, either in person at a Saladworks restaurant or via online ordering. $1 donors receive an “I Joined the Team” sticker and an opportunity to sign a “High Five Hand” image symbolizing their personal commitment to the cause. To sweeten the deal, every guest who donates $5 or more receives the above, along with a high five value coupon for use on a future visit through October 31, 2021. Each individually signed “High Five Hand” will be posted on the wall signifying the progress made.
  • Purchasing Saladworks limited-time only Amy’s Fall Fest entrees will donate 35 cents to No Kid Hungry.
  • Additionally, purchasing a Saladworks Kids Works meal will give a donation of 10 cents to No Kid Hungry.
  • For each catering order, guests will also have the option to donate $5, $10 or $25 to No Kid Hungry on an ongoing basis.
  • Making a donation via a special WOWorks section within the Fundraising page of the No Kid Hungry website at: https://www.nokidhungry.org/partners/homepage-partner/WOWorks

“We’re so proud of Saladworks reaching an amazing milestone. There is no better way to celebrate this birthday than to partner with an impactful organization that helps end childhood hunger. WOWorks is all about making the communities they service a “WOW” place to live and we are continuously working to reach that goal,” said Kelly Roddy, CEO of WOWorks.

Saladworks, throughout its 35 years, has always placed a focus on guest originality through its array of over 60 fresh, flavorful and healthy ingredients. In addition to its 12 Signature recipes, Saladworks offers Create-Your-Own options — including Salads, Warm Grain Bowls, Wraps — as well as Soups and a Kids Works menu – plus, new Signature Sandwiches and Panini Melts in many locations.

For more information about its menu, current offers, or to become a Saladworks Rewards member, visit www.saladworks.com or download the Saladworks Rewards app.

ABOUT NO KID HUNGRY:
No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could still face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.

ABOUT SALADWORKS:
Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 150 locations across 18 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, which also includes Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

ABOUT WOWORKS:
WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful meals along with first-rate hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of: Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, protein bites and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on traditional Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

16 09, 2021

Saladworks and Frutta Bowls Debuts First US Walmart Location

2021-09-16T12:14:15-04:00September 16th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Saladworks and Frutta Bowls Open Location at Walmart in Rochester, NY after Partnering with Ghost Kitchen Brands.

ROCHESTER, N.Y.WOWorks, the parent company of health-centric fast-casual brands Saladworks, Frutta Bowls, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and The Simple Greek, has debuted its first location in a Walmart Grocery store in Rochester, NY at 2150 Chili Ave. The Ghost Kitchen location will include Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual entrée salad franchise, and Frutta Bowls, the nation’s fastest-growing superfoods café, right alongside other mouthwatering brands. This opening comes after WOWorks signed a deal for 90 non-traditional retail presences with Ghost Kitchen Brands in the spring of this year.

Saladworks currently has over 150 locations across North America, more than 40 of those having opened in the past year. For Saladworks, the initiative to open restaurants in non-traditional venues began in early 2019 and continues to be at the forefront of its future goals. Frutta Bowls, which has over 30 locations, is also following suit with an emphasis on both traditional and non-traditional growth after becoming part of the WOWorks family in December 2020.

“We’re thrilled to make yet another debut for Saladworks inside a major retailer, and the first for Frutta Bowls. These partnerships have proven to be incredible opportunities for WOWorks, and we’re looking forward to the growth that will come out of this opening,” said Eric Lavinder, Chief Development officer for WOWorks. “Guests continue to receive the same hospitality and healthy experience they have at our stand-alone restaurants, but with even more accessibility and convenience at Walmart locations.”

Saladworks provides guests a variety of healthy and delicious items through their Signature salad options, as well as Create-Your-Own options, which include salads, wraps, grain bowls, soups and more. The brand always maintains a focus on guest originality through its array of over 60 fresh, flavorful and healthy ingredients.

Frutta Bowls represents more than just a meal or snack to sate an appetite for the moment – it serves as “fuel” that stimulates your mind, energizes your body, lifts your spirit and feeds your soul. The menu features customizable Bowls, Smoothies, and Protein Bites that are packed with vitamin-rich superfoods such as Acai, Pitaya and Kale that are high in antioxidants along with Almonds, Blueberries, Oatmeal and Dark Chocolate to help boost immunity levels.

In addition to simply ordering in-person at the Walmart locations, Saladworks and Frutta Bowls guests will also have the choice to order online through the brands’ websites, by using the Ghost Kitchen Brands website or using 3rd party delivery platforms. For more information about Saladworks, visit www.saladworks.com, and for more information about Frutta Bowls, visit www.fruttabowls.com.

ABOUT WOWorks
WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful meals along with first-rate hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of: Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, protein bites and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on traditional Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

ABOUT SALADWORKS:
Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 150 locations across 18 states and two countries. Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for 35 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

ABOUT FRUTTA BOWLS:
Founded in 2016 to fulfill a need for fresh and flavorful plant-centric dining options, Frutta Bowls has since grown from its original location in Freehold, New Jersey to more than 30 locations. From Acai to Zinc, Frutta Bowls uses only the freshest, ripest and most flavorful plant-based, whole-food ingredients featured in customizable Bowls, Smoothies, Toasts and Protein Bites. For more information, visit www.fruttabowls.com

6 08, 2021

Saladworks to Expand Presence in Ohio with New Locations

2021-08-06T10:10:02-04:00August 6th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Leading Fast-Casual Salad Brand Looks to Develop More Franchise Restaurants in State.

CINCINNATISaladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, is pushing its next wave of growth and expansion in Ohio and Kentucky by opening several new locations. The fast-casual entrée salad franchise is opening four more local Kroger stores in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area this summer and plans to ramp up franchise growth plans in the state. Company leaders say the latest growth drive within the state has been strategically designed to meet the demand for healthy, customizable fast-casual meals.

The four new Kroger Saladworks stores opening during the summer months include:

  • 11390 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH (now open)
  • 7580 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH (now open)
  • 3636 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, OH (now open)
  • 130 Pavilion Parkway, Newport, KY (coming soon)

These new Ohio restaurants will add on to the two existing Saladworks locations in Columbus and another Kroger store in Cincinnati. WOWorks’ plan to grow Saladworks locations in Ohio is directly tied with the opportunity present within the state’s growing millennial and Gen Z guests’ spending power and lifestyle needs. These target demographics and their desire to buy nutritious customizable meals which will accommodate a variety of health, wellness and dietary needs, is a big factor that is driving the brand’s growth in Ohio.

Saladworks’ focus on menu items which are fresh and do not require cooking, grills, hoods, and skilled kitchen staff, proves to be a big win with franchisees. Couple this with Ohio’s inventory of affordable real estate, Saladworks expects to see strong and accelerated growth in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron.

“We are excited to grow our Saladworks brand in Ohio in these high-traffic stores and believe it will lay the foundation for future franchise growth of Saladworks throughout the state,” said Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer for WOWorks, parent company of Saladworks. “We are looking to recruit potential franchisees who want to join our health-focus family of brands with exciting development opportunities in an untapped state.”

The move to open restaurants within grocery chains and other non-traditional venues began in early 2019, when Saladworks opened its first in-store location in Philadelphia. Much like their stand-alone locations across the country, these non-traditional restaurant locations focus on customization through their array of over 60 fresh, flavorful and nutritious ingredients.

The in-store restaurants provide guests a variety of healthy menu items to grab while shopping, including customizable salads, wraps, grain bowls, soups and more. To date, Saladworks has restaurants in 10 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and New York, with additional locations projected to open in 2021 and 2022.

These new locations will also participate in Saladworks’ Local Heroes program. Police officers, firefighters, first responders, teachers, doctors and other workers who keep communities safe can sign up for Saladworks Rewards and receive 20 bonus points on every purchase along with special offers on relevant appreciation days and holidays.

The brand is actively seeking qualified franchise partners, preferably individuals with business experience and/or franchise experience, and a passion for serving guests. Before stores open, the training program for franchisees is designed to teach them the fundamentals for efficient skills to run a successful restaurant and is completed locally. The total initial investment to open a Saladworks restaurant is $199,726 – 549,295.

About WOWorks

WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful fuel along with first-rate hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of: Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, oatmeal bowls and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on ancient Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

ABOUT SALADWORKS:

Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 130 locations across 18 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, which also includes Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

30 07, 2021

Saladworks Announces Flavor Your World Original Recipe Contest Winner

2021-07-30T11:27:12-04:00July 30th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Fast Casual Salad Franchise Will Add Recipe Contest Winner’s Original Recipe to Menu This Fall and Donate a Portion of Each Sale to No Kid Hungry.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of brands, announced today the winner of its Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge is Amy Sarli-Prelle. Building off the successful launch of its new globally inspired Flavor Your World menu, the challenge invited Saladworks Rewards members across the nation to demonstrate their originality by helping Saladworks create its next great Flavor Your World menu item with a chance to have it featured on the menu for a limited time in the form of a themed Salad, Warm Grain Bowl, and Wrap with a link to Saladworks 35th Birthday and donation to No Kid Hungry.

Sarli-Prelle’s winning Flavor Your World recipe, called Amy’s Fall Fest, is a creation that includes radiatore pasta, romaine/iceberg blend, roasted turkey, smoky bacon, diced apples, diced red onions, applewood smoked gouda cheese, walnuts and apple cider vinaigrette.

Over 1,000 entries were received by Saladworks during the Call for Entries and, per the judging criteria outlined in the Official Rules, these recipe concepts were culled down to a Top 10 list. From there, Saladworks Rewards members had a chance to vote on those Top 10 recipes to help narrow it down to a list of four finalists. At this point, a Blue-Ribbon Panel of judges that included Hope Cohen of CravePhilly, Keith Rudolf, Executive Chef of the Philadelphia Phillies, Josh Moore, Philadelphia Food & Lifestyle Blogger and WOWorks’ Executive Chef Katie Cavuto, deliberated over the Recipe Challenge’s four finalists to select the winner and runners-up who also walked away with special prizes:

Grand Prize:  Amy’s Fall Fest (Amy Sarli-Prelle, Clementon, NJ)
2nd Place:  Dusty’s Taco Sensation (Dusty Watts, Johnson City, TN)
3rd Place: Honolulu Hawaiian Chicken (Michelle Rogovich, Cherry Hill, NJ
4th Place:  Thanks, Giving & Comfort (Lyndsay Pocorobba, Langhorne, PA)

“It was truly an honor to serve alongside such an esteemed panel of celebrity judges to help select the winner of our Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge,” said Katie Cavuto, Executive Chef of Saladworks.  “The recipe concepts from the four finalists were all very creative and any one of them could have won; however, the consensus among our judges was that Amy’s Fall Fest recipe concept hit on all of our criteria and we expect these new limited-time menu items will be a huge “WOW!” for our guests.”

As the Grand Prize winner, Amy will receive a $5,000 travel voucher and get a Saladworks swag bag. In addition to those prizes, Amy’s recipe will be featured on the menu and will be a key component in Saladworks’ fundraising efforts for No Kid Hungry, part of the WOWorks ‘High Five’ Challenge. For every purchase of Amy’s Fall Fest, $0.35 will be donated to No Kid Hungry during the ‘High Five’ Challenge, which runs August 30thOctober 17th in commemoration of Saladworks’ 35th Birthday.

“After dining at Saladworks for the last 15 years, I’m truly honored to have my original recipe be named after me and offered on the Saladworks menu. It’s even more thrilling that Amy’s Fall Fest salad will raise funds for No Kid Hungry,” said Amy Sarli-Prelle. “While I’m really grateful to win the Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge and receive a wonderful getaway, a proceed from every sale to No Kid Hungry is what it’s really all about. I’m one of six kids who grew up in an urban city and know how valuable a meal can be.”

“Every day Saladworks celebrates the originality of our guests through the tremendous number of ways our meals can be customized to meet their individual flavor, health, wellness, and convenience needs,” said Mark Mears, Chief Marketing Officer of WOWorks. “Our Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge offered our Saladworks Rewards members with an exclusive opportunity to help us create our next great flavor profile that will be offered in all Saladworks restaurants this fall.”

Saladworks, throughout its 35 years, has always placed a focus on guest originality through its array of over 60 fresh, flavorful and healthy ingredients. In addition to its 12 Signature recipes, Saladworks offers Create-Your-Own options — including Salads, Warm Grain Bowls, Wraps — as well as Soups and a Kids Works menu – plus, new Signature Sandwiches and Panini Melts in many locations.

For more information about its menu, current offers, or to become a Saladworks Rewards member, visit www.saladworks.com or download the Saladworks Rewards app.

ABOUT WOWORKS:
WOWorks was formed in 2020 with a mission to help guests pursue their passions and live their best lives by serving healthy, nutritious and flavorful meals along with first-rate hospitality. Fully owned by Centre Lane Partners, LLC, WOWorks’ portfolio consists of: Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual salad brand; Frutta Bowls, a unique restaurant franchise serving a variety of superfood bowls, fresh fruit smoothies, protein bites and more; Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a popular Mediterranean restaurant concept; and most recently, The Simple Greek, which offers a fresh and healthy take on traditional Greek recipes in a fast-casual setting. WOWorks seeks to drive explosive growth across all of its brands through a variety of channels, both traditional and non-traditional, including ghost kitchens, food trucks, grocery retail and more.

ABOUT NO KID HUNGRY:
No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could still face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.

SOURCE Saladworks

ABOUT SALADWORKS:

Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 150 locations across 18 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, which also includes Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

16 06, 2021

Saladworks Doubles Down on Guest Originality with Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge

2021-06-16T10:27:44-04:00June 16th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Fast-Casual Salad Brand Gives Rewards Members the Opportunity to Create New Menu Items with a Donation to No Kid Hungry During its Fall Fundraising Campaign.

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Last month, Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of brands, launched its new “WOW!” Menu filled featuring an array of global flavors its guests can order as a Salad, a Warm Grain Bowl or a Wrap. As part of its Flavor Your World launch campaign, the brand created a Flavor Passport promotion for its Saladworks Rewards members designed to drive awareness and reward trial of its new menu items. As yet another exclusive perk for its Saladworks Rewards members, the brand is offering an opportunity to showcase their own originality by participating in the Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge starting on June 14 with an entry deadline of July 9, 2021.

The Recipe Challenge invites Saladworks Rewards members to create their own Flavor Your World menu concept with a chance to have it featured on the menu for a limited time this fall in the form of a named/themed Salad, Warm Grain Bowl and Wrap. The company will narrow down all entries to a list of four finalists from which both a Blue-Ribbon Panel of judges – along with Saladworks Rewards members – will select a winning concept based upon Originality, Flavor, Seasonality and Brand ‘Fit.’ And to commemorate Saladworks’ 35th birthday, 35 cents from the purchase of these special menu items will be donated to No Kid Hungry to help eradicate childhood hunger in America.

The prizes guests can qualify for include:

  • Grand Prize: $5,000 travel voucher, concept featured on menu and a Saladworks swag bag
  • Second Place: $2,500 travel voucher, free salad for a year and a Saladworks swag bag
  • Third Place: $1,000 travel voucher, free salad for a month and a Saladworks swag bag
  • Fourth Place: $500 travel Voucher, free salad and a Saladworks swag bag

“The Idea behind our Flavor Your World campaign is to provide exciting new flavor profiles from different cultures around the world that our guests could enjoy as a fresh, crisp Salad, a hearty Warm Grain Bowl or a portable hand-held Wrap,” said Mark Mears, Chief Marketing Officer of WOWorks. “And by inviting our guests to submit their own original menu creations, the experience becomes even more inclusive and engaging. We can’t wait to feature the winning concepts on our menu this fall and associate them with our No Kid Hungry fundraising campaign to help those in need.”

Last month’s menu revamp was the most ambitious update in the brand’s 35-year history with the goal of capitalizing on the popularity of global and regional flavor profiles. Each of the six new recipes can be ordered as a Salad, a Warm Grain Bowl or a Wrap all for the same price. The new Signature menu items represent different flavors and cultures from around the world including: Asian Crispy Chicken (China); Grilled Chicken Mediterranean (Italy); Smoky BBQ Crispy Chicken (Kansas City); Southwest Chipotle Ranch (Mexico); Classic Greek (Greece); and Farmers Market (California).

In addition to the Original Recipe Challenge, Saladworks will continue to build upon its Flavor Your World campaign by providing exclusive offers for its Saladworks Rewards members throughout June:

  • Rewards Rush offering progressive more Bonus Points for each visit – including a Free Entrée on their fifth one
  • Gamification approach where Saladworks Rewards members can earn various designations:
    • The Jetsetter — Highest number of Total Visits
    • The World Traveler — Highest number of new Global Flavors purchased
    • The Wanderer — Highest number of Create-Your-Own menu items purchased
  • Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) promotion on Father’s Day
  • Free Kids Works meal (with adult entrée purchase) every Wednesday in June
  • $2 Off any Pick 2 every Tuesday in June

Saladworks has been in business for 35 years and is the nation’s first ever salad-based fast-casual restaurant.  The brand has always placed a focus on guest originality through its array of over 60 fresh, flavorful and healthy ingredients. In addition to its 12 Signature recipes, Saladworks offers Create-Your-Own options — including Salads, Warm Grain Bowls, Wraps — as well as Soups and a Kids Works menu – plus, new Signature Sandwiches and Panini Melts in many locations.

For more information about its menu, current offers, or to become a Saladworks Rewards member, visit www.saladworks.com or download the Saladworks Rewards app. For more information about the Flavor Your World Original Recipe Challenge, visit https://saladworks.com/fywrecipechallenge. For more information about No Kid Hungry, visit https://www.nokidhungry.org/.

ABOUT NO KID HUNGRY:

No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 4 kids could still face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.

ABOUT SALADWORKS:

Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 130 locations across 18 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, which also includes Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #7 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2021, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.

4 05, 2021

Saladworks has ‘Revolutionized’ the Salad Experience!

2021-05-04T09:48:29-04:00May 4th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Kicks Off National Saladworks Month with New Globally Inspired Menu and Flavor Your World Campaign.

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Saladworks, the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad franchise and part of the WOWorks family of brands, has launched a new “WOW!” menu designed to ‘revolutionize’ the salad experience for its guests.  This is the most ambitious menu update in the brand’s 35-year history and, combined with its training and operations-led Vow to “WOW!” guest hospitality program, will ‘revolve’ everything around the specific needs, wants and desires of its Millennial family and Gen Z guests.  All based upon the shared 4 ME characteristics of Personalization, Customization, Self-Expression and Connection:

May is known as National Salad Month; however, Saladworks has renamed it, National Saladworks Month based upon its comprehensive and integrated plan to revolutionize the Salad experience in a variety of ways.

  • Revolutionizing its famous Create Your Own menu category by adding the option for guests to create a customized Salad, a Warm Grain Bowl — or a mixture of both — built upon a Base of greens, grains or both.
  • Revolutionizing its Chef-created Signatures menu category by adding the option for guests to order any one of them as a Salad, a Warm Grain Bowl — or a mixture of both — built upon a Base of greens, grains or both. in addition to adding six exciting new global and regional flavor profiles (e.g., Asian, Mediterranean, Greek, Southwestern Chipotle, Smoky BBQ, Farmers Market).
  • Revolutionizing its Wraps with the ability for guests to order a Create Your Own or any of its 12 Signatures recipes in the form of a portable, hand-held Wrap — “The First Salad You Can Eat With Your Hands!”
  • Revolutionizing its Pick 2 and Saladworks Catering menu categories by enhancing an already high-perceived value proposition by providing guests with (many) more options from which to Flavor Their Originality.

In a bold move to capitalize on the popularity of global and regional flavor profiles, Saladworks is launching a summer-long Flavor Your World campaign that will feature its six adventurous new recipes – each of which can be ordered by a guest in whatever way they choose – as a Salad, a Warm Grain Bowl or a Wrap – for the same price. The new Signature menu items represent different flavors and cultures from around the world including: Asian Crispy Chicken Wrap (China); Grilled Chicken Mediterranean (Italy); Smoky BBQ Crispy Chicken (Kansas City); Southwest Chipotle Ranch (Mexico); Classic Greek (Greece); and Farmers Market (California).

In a pent-up world waiting for travel advisories to be lifted, people are continuing to find other ways to satisfy their need for adventure. Just in time for summer vacations, the new Saladworks Flavor Your World menu will be available for exploration through a unique “Flavor Passport” — exclusively for Saladworks Rewards members only.

From May 3rd through June 12th, Saladworks Rewards members will have the opportunity to try each of the six new Signature menu items and receive a post check-in email with a custom ‘passport stamp’ representing each region to add to their “Flavor Passport.” Guests will receive 20 Bonus Points for their first check-in after ordering a new Signature menu item. If the guest tries all six new Signature Flavor Your World menu items during this timeframe, they will receive a Free Entrée, valid for fourteen days.

“At Saladworks, we have always believed that everything we do should ‘revolve’ around anticipating and fulfilling the needs, wants and desires of our guests,” said Mark Mears, Chief Marketing Officer of WOWorks. While other restaurant concepts are shrinking their menus, we’re doubling down on the 4 ME Millennial/Gen Z mindset featuring the desire for Personalization, Customization, Self-Expression and Connection that, together, creates a “WOW!” moment for our guests. We live in a Food Network culture, so the idea behind our Flavor your World campaign and its ‘Flavor Passport’ promotion is to generate awareness, trial and repeat of our six new Signature menu flavors; giving our guests a fun and safe way to travel around the globe without ever leaving the neighborhood!”

In addition to its ‘Flavor Passport’ promotion, Saladworks will also provide exclusive offers for its Saladworks Rewards members in May:

  • Extra Bonus Points on Teacher Appreciation Day and Memorial Day Weekend
  • Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) promotion on Mother’s Day
  • Free Kids Works meal (with adult entrée purchase) on Cinco De Mayo and every Wednesday in May
  • A $5.17 Wraps Special to wrap up tax season on Tax Day
  • And $2 Off any Pick 2 every Tuesday

Saladworks, which has been in business for 35 years, has always placed a focus on guest originality through its array of over 60 fresh, flavorful and healthy ingredients. In addition to its Signature recipes, Saladworks offers create-your-own options, including Salads, Warm Grain Bowls, Wraps and more.

For more information about its menu, current offers, “Flavor Passport” or to become a Saladworks Rewards member, visit www.saladworks.com or download the Saladworks Rewards app.

ABOUT SALADWORKS:

Founded in 1986, Saladworks is the nation’s leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with over 130 locations across 18 states and two countries. Part of the WOWorks family of brands, which also includes Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, Frutta Bowls and The Simple Greek, Saladworks encourages guests to be original, giving them the option to choose from salads, warm grain bowls or wraps, along with an endless array of fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins and delicious dressings. Ranked #22 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2020, Saladworks has been delivering the most original and incredible salad experience to guests for more than 30 years. For more information, visit www.saladworks.com.