WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn. — Fast-casual salad brand Saladworks has entered a deal with Ghost Kitchen Brands to double its footprint across the U.S. and Canada. The agreement will bring 60 non-traditional locations to the U.S. and 30 to Canada by the end of 2021.
Many of the new kitchens set to be opened will be located inside Walmart stores and will offer some seating. All locations included in the deal will offer carry-out and third-party delivery.
“Saladworks is a perfect strategic partner for Ghost Kitchen Brands as we continue to grow and reinvent the restaurant industry with our unique restaurant concept,” says George Kottas, founder and CEO of Ghost Kitchen Brands. “We are excited to include Saladworks’ range of healthy and flavorful options to our customers, allowing customizations and combinations with other brands, all in the convenience of one order.”
Saladworks, which is part of the newly formed WOWorks family of brands, currently has approximately 130 locations in North America. Fellow WOWorks brands, Frutta Bowls and Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, have also partnered with Ghost Kitchen Brands for expansion as part of a smaller test agreement.
“We are very excited to have Saladworks included in this growth vertical to bring our healthy, fresh concept to millions of new guests across North America,” says Eric Lavinder, Chief Development Officer, WOWorks. “Ghost kitchens have already proven to be an economical and highly successful expansion tactic for us and this new deal with Ghost Kitchen Brands will allow us to continue solidifying Saladworks as the leading fast-casual salad brand.”
New Canadian locations of Saladworks are set to open in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.