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Salad franchise moves in downtown

March 12, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Salad franchise enters market
The fast-casual Saladworks restaurant sells custom salads, soups and sandwiches. Photo via

A fast-casual chain of salad restaurants is entering the market.

Saladworks will open this spring in downtown Grand Rapids, at 40 Ionia Ave. SW — becoming the chain's first restaurant in Michigan, according to its website.

Philadelphia-based Saladworks opened its first restaurant in 1986 in Cherry Hill Township, N.J.

Today, the fast-casual franchise — which also specializes in soups and sandwiches — serves more than 100 locations in 11 states. 

The restaurant is being brought to the region by franchisee TiJu Ventures.

Heartside renovation

A restoration project at the restaurant's space is expected to cost $610,000, including a signage package of $18,500, according to the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority.

The DDA approved today $12,000 in grants for the historic storefront renovation.

The Historic Preservation Commission also approved the plans to alter the storefront in the Heartside neighborhood.

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