Saladworks sites are set for several Atlanta suburbs as well asoutlying areas, including Peachtree Center, Buckhead, Marietta,Roswell, Alpharetta, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Athens andPeachtree City. The first two locations will open in the comingyear, according to a company news release.

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"This agreement marks another milestone in our progress toturbo-charge our growth nationally," says John Scardapane,Saladworks founder and CEO. The company has set a goal of 1,000stores by 2012.

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Saladworks, which offers a healthy menu of fresh tossed saladsand signature dressings, was established in Cherry Hill, NJ, in1986 and began franchising in 1992. It has since grown to 92locations in seven states and Washington, DC, posting more than $60million in sales last year.

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RAMM Alliance believes Saladworks will be a successfulrestaurant concept in the Atlanta area, which is already home toseveral national restaurant chains. Local headquarters range fromthe 25-year-old Hooters of America, known for chicken wings andcalendar-girl waitresses, to Ted's Montana Grill, an upscale eateryco-owned by media mogul Ted Turner that features bison on themenu.

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"We look forward to adding a little more southern hospitality tothe region," says Dean Russell, one of three partners in RAMMAlliance with Michael Medrow and Michael McPhillips. All three arefounders of UbiquiTel Inc., a wireless communications provider thatwas sold to Sprint Nextel in 2006.

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Saladworks announced a multi-unit deal in April to put threelocations in the Boston area. In February, Commerce Bank founderand former chairman Vernon Hill II became a major investor inSaladworks and now serves as chairman of its executivecommittee.

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