Second career in the ‘works’

Saladworks has opened at 1211 N. DuPont Highway in Dover — in the Farley Plaza in front of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino(Submitted photo)

DOVER — Middletown resident Sandy Webb spent about 25 years of her working life in “corporate America” performing a number of roles. Her work required continuous travel, but she always went out of her way to eat healthy. Her favorite place to do so was the made-to-order entrée salad, sandwich and soup chain restaurant, Saladworks.

“I’d been eating at them for years, but one day I just happened to be on their website and I saw ‘own your own franchise’ and I thought — this is it,” Ms. Webb said.

She opened a Saladworks location in Middletown back in February 2012 and she said the community response has been “great.” She’s fully confident that her new location in Dover will receive the same warm welcome, partly because of its address.

“I’ve had my eye on the location for a number of years,” she said. “It’s in a perfect fast-food, casual dining cluster that’s almost like a destination plaza.”

Ms. Webb started renovating the new location at 1211 N. DuPont Highway in Dover — in the Farley Plaza in front of Dover Downs Hotel and Casino — back in early August. She anticipates hosting a grand opening on Nov. 1.

Ms. Webb said that because she thinks Dover is currently thin on “healthy, casual” dining options, she anticipates a good reception from customers.

“The reactions I’ve had have been overwhelming,” she said. “It’s amazing to see how receptive Dover is to having us here. I posted an announcement on Facebook about three weeks ago, and I ended up with 61,000 views.”

According to Saladworks’ corporate website, the franchise got its start in 1986 when it opened its first store in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It now boasts over 100 locations around the world.

Updates on the new Dover location can be seen on Facebook @SaladworksDoverDE.

The planned opening of Saladworks is among the business developments taking place downstate. Here’s a round up of other economic activity in the area:

Now open

• Panera Bread — The new location of the bakery-café chain restaurant opened in early October in the Capital Commons shopping center in Dover, at 545 N. DuPont Highway.

• The Loocke — The women’s clothing store, 123 W. Loockerman St. in Dover, opened at the end of August. (302) 241-2023, www.theloocke.com

• Puffster — This “Vape” bar and smoking accessory store opened in early September at 115 Loockerman St. in downtown Dover. (302) 440-5888

• Maverick Texas BBQ and Smyrna Music Hall — In early October, the barbecue restaurant, bar and live music venue opened at 19 W. Commerce St. in Smyrna. (215) 806-2184

• Rose Nails & Spa — The nail salon and spa held its grand opening in mid-September at 450 S. Dupont Highway in Dover. (302) 526-2726

• Femme Boutique — This jewelry, apparel and accessory specialty store that’s been in Middletown since 1998 held a grand opening at its new location at 405 S. Ridge Ave. earlier this month. (302) 378-9800, www.femmeboutique.net

• Dover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center — The chiropractic office will host its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at 222 S. DuPont Highway in Dover. (302) 290-5552

Coming soon:

• La Hacienda — This Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex-style restaurant is planning to open an additional location at 611 N. DuPont Boulevard in Milford and is now hiring. (302) 373-6564.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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