Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today the signing of new franchise agreements that will expand its footprint beyond the Southeast and into the Midwest and South Central regions. These agreements will grow Chicken Salad Chick’s presence in existing markets, including Texas and Louisiana, and mark its entry into Ohio and Illinois.
First-time Chicken Salad Chick franchisees Beth and Mike Heydt of Right to Serve, LLC and Jen Critchfiled of Buckeye Chick are fueling development in Ohio with the opening of the state’s first restaurants in Columbus and Masonrespectively. Illinois will also welcome its first Chicken Salad Chick location when Brad and Lisa Mazanek and Hannah Lukowski of SJ Restaurants, LLC open their new restaurant in Edwardsville next year, with an additional slated for development in O’Fallon. The company will continue to expand its presence in the Midwest and South Central regions next year with new locations opening in Chesterfield and Creve Ceour, Missouri; Jeffersonville, Indiana; Alexandria, Ruston and Bossier City, Louisiana and Houston and College Station, Texas.
Chicken Salad Chick has also signed agreements that will further drive its expansion across the Southeast, with new restaurants coming to Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina in 2019. This surge in franchise development not only emphasizes the brand’s aggressive growth strategy, but also its ongoing success as a company, resulting in a total of 104 open restaurants to date.
“We’re thrilled with the strides we’ve made in growing the brand in new and existing markets this year,” says Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. “Our development plans for Ohio and Illinois showcase our commitment to grow beyond the Southeast and with additional deals in the pipeline, we’re positioned for continued success in 2019. We look forward to building on this momentum and are eager to continue our expansion efforts as we partner with franchisees who share our passion for providing an exceptional dining experience in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.”
Chicken Salad Chick currently has franchise opportunities available throughout several key markets, such as Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Missouri, among others. The fast casual concept is actively seeking individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who possesses high energy and enthusiasm about the brand, marketing skills and the ability to manage a strong team. Restaurant experience is preferred. Interested candidates should have a minimum net worth of $600,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Franchisees can expect the initial investment to be approximately $439,500 – $604,500 with a $50,000 initial franchise fee. In addition to propelling development, Chicken Salad Chick has also achieved 11 consecutive quarters of positive comp store sales.
The Chicken Salad Chick concept, born in Auburn, was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew and began franchising in 2012. In 2015, Eagle Merchant Partners purchased a majority stake in Chicken Salad Chick, and under the leadership of CEO Scott Deviney and team, the company now has 104 restaurants across the Southeast.
Today, the brand has 104 restaurants in 12 states and is continuing its expansion with both franchise and company locations.