Chicken Salad Chick announced it will be expanding in North Carolina with its newest restaurant in Cary. Marking the brand’s first restaurant in the greater Raleigh area and first in the Triangle region, the Cary opening comes just a month after the recent opening in High Point and highlights Chicken Salad Chick’s continued development in North Carolina. Located at 302 Colonades Way Suite 202, the Cary restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on September 22 by offering free chicken salad for a year to the first 100 guests. Those awarded will be properly distanced and will receive a designated return time upon arrival to spread out the number of guests at the restaurant throughout the day.
Chicken Salad Chick is closely following North Carolina’s state and local guidelines for COVID-19 procedures and will open the Cary restaurant at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. All employees will be wearing masks and gloves, as well as practicing proper handwashing and food safety protocol, and all guests will be required to wear masks until seated for dining.
During grand opening week, guests will experience the southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for, with modified giveaways and specials that include:
Tuesday, September 22 – Free Chicken Salad for a Year – The first 100 guests will receive one large Quick Chick of chicken salad per month for an entire year, with one of those lucky guests randomly selected to win one large Quick Chick of chicken salad per week. Any guest not part of the first 100 in line can make an in-store purchase and enter for a chance to win free chicken salad for a year.
Wednesday, September 23 – The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Trio will receive a free Chick tote bag.
Thursday, September 24 – The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Trio will receive a free Chick tumbler.
Friday, September 25 – The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free Chick Special redeemable on the next visit.
Saturday, September 26 – The first 50 guests to purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free large Chick cooler.
The Cary restaurant is owned and operated by first-time Chicken Salad Chick franchise owners John Schuster and Mike Saccone of S&S of Waverly Enterprises, LLC. The partners bring more than 55 years of foodservice experience to the brand, both previously working at Coca-Cola where they managed partnerships with restaurant concepts such as Wendy’s and Little Caesars Pizza. Utilizing their backgrounds in business management, the new Raleigh residents plan to manage their first Chicken Salad Chick restaurant alongside their wives, Joyce and Penny, and John’s daughter, Alexis. Schuster and Saccone’s family will oversee HR, operations and marketing, respectively.
“John and I have been looking to start the next chapter of our career but wanted to make sure that our next endeavor had purpose. When we were introduced to Chicken Salad Chick, we were immediately drawn to the brand’s culture of spreading joy, enriching lives and serving others, and jumped on the chance to open our own restaurant,” says Mike Saccone. “Although we’re new residents to the Raleigh area, John and I have been visiting for years and know the brand’s community-centric values and southern-inspired, made-fresh daily menu will resonate well with the warm-hearted residents in the Triangle.”
Following the opening of the Cary restaurant, Schuster and Saccone plan to open six additional Chicken Salad Chick locations in the Tri-County area over the next few years.
“I’ve known John and Mike for years through their association with The Coca-Cola Company and am so excited they and their families have decided to join Chicken Salad Chick to bring our wonderful brand to the communities of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle,” adds Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick.