Saladworks is “laser-focused” on expanding in the California market.
The fast-casual salad concept said it has already signed five franchisee deals in the state, which will total eight restaurants to open in Thousand Oaks, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia, in addition to its location in Hollister, which opened two months ago.
Even with these existing deals already in place, Saladworks is hoping to develop more California locations all across the state. The chain is currently finalizing several more franchisee contracts that'll soon result in more than a handful of additional locations to open in 2021.
"Since Saladworks has already branched out West and awareness of our brand is growing considerably, we're seeing big-time demand for salads that promote active lifestyles and healthy eating that's regarded so highly in California," said Eric Lavinder, VP of franchise development.
Saladworks has opened 32 locations so far in 2020, with more expected by year-end. Currently, it has more than 20 new deals in the pipeline for next year already. It is looking to diversify with more non-traditional locations such as in universities, ghost kitchens, military bases and grocery stores.
Saladworks is the nation's leading fast-casual create-your-own salad destination, with more than 100 locations across 18 states and two countries.