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Restaurant chain plans Virginia expansion

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Saladworks, a Pennsylvania chain of salad restaurants, plans to expand in Northern Virginia.

The company says that it expects to open 15 to 20 locations in the region, a move that it says will create 400 jobs.

Saladworks, based in Conshohocken, Pa., has more than 100 locations. In Virginia, it recently opened restaurants in the Richmond area and Virginia Beach.

The fast-casual restaurant chain is based on the idea of providing fresh, made-to-order, entrée-sized salads for consumers on the go.

The first restaurant opened in 1986 in Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, N.J.

In 2013, the company began opening restaurants in foreign countries. It now has locations in Singapore, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Last year, the company was bought by Centre Lane Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.

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