Kelly Roddy took his position as the CEO of Saladworks in August of 2019 with more than 30 years of industry experience. With a strong brand foundation and management team, Kelly is focused on rapid growth and franchisee profitability. Kelly most recently served as President of Schlotzsky’s where he repositioned the brand from a sandwich deli chain to a high quality eatery with more than twice the average unit volumes in sales. Prior to Schlotzsky’s, Kelly was Director of Retail Operations and Director of Sales and Marketing at HEB. He was also the Executive Director at Scholastic and worked for over 10 years in various positions at Walmart. Kelly is an alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University. He has had his finger on the pulse of consumer satisfaction for decades and he will use that knowledge, coupled with his keen understanding of the franchising industry to spur success at Saladworks by increasing unit revenue alongside franchise expansion.
[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Kelly Roddy, the CEO of Saladworks.
[2:04] Josh welcomes Kelly to Franchise Euphoria.
[2:36] Kelly opens the interview with his account of how Saladworks has fared amidst COVID-19.
[7:21] Josh and Kelly break down some of the additional funding that was offered to restaurants from the National Restaurant Association.
[9:04] Saladworks has spent the last couple of years updating and remodeling their units.
[11:57] Kelly recognizes that the restaurant customer of today is the millennial and gen z consumer, and he feels that their concept really resonates with those types of individuals.
[16:14] Kelly paints the picture of what it’s like to visit a Saladworks location.
[18:26] Who is the ideal Saladworks franchisee?
[21:46] While there is a big demand for Saladworks in the northeast, they are looking to expand across the entire country.
[22:49] Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Saladworks has hosted two highly attended discovery day events during the past couple months for potential franchisees.
[25:18] If you want to learn more about Saladworks, visit their website listed below.
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