Franchisee David Wojcik of Spring Grove, IL is using his background in retail sales to start his own business.
"I love the concept of quick, healthy food choices," Wojcik said. "Saladworks gives me an edge because there's nothing like it around here."
The Chicago area is key for Saladworks' expansion; its location in O'Hare Airport is one of its most popular.
"We can't wait to get started developing in the Chicago area," said Chairman/CEO, John Scardapane. "Our customers have been asking us for locations outside of O'Hare and we think Dave Wojcik is just the person to help us expand Saladworks in Chicago."
The first store, set to open in 2012, will be located in Schaumburg with the other two locations to be determined.
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 2011, Entrepreneur magazine named Saladworks the nation's number-one salad franchise, for the third 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 http://www.saladworks.com.