Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced it will be expanding in Tennessee with its newest restaurant in Cookeville. Located at 1265 Interstate Drive in the Shoppes at Eagle Point, the new restaurant, which will be offering free chicken salad for a year to the first 100 guests, will open on May 7th and marks the brand’s 13th location in the state.
During grand opening week, guests will experience the southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for, with giveaways and specials that include:
The Cookeville restaurant is owned and operated by multi-unit franchise owner Hudson Sandefur and his partner Christy Eischeid of Cookeville Chick, LLC. With nearly 30 years of experience in the fast-casual sector, Sandefur and Eischeid know what it takes to successfully manage foodservice franchises. Sandefur owns six Zaxby’s locations across Alabama and Mississippi and Eischeid previously owned and operated three Zaxby’s locations in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Sandefur celebrated the grand opening of his first Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in D’Iberville, Mississippi last fall and is thrilled to be opening a new location in Cookeville with his close friend and valued partner.
“I was already a huge fan of Chicken Salad Chick when Hudson came to me about potentially becoming franchise owners, so it didn’t take much convincing to get me onboard,” says Eischeid. “I’ve called Tennessee home my entire life and I’ve built meaningful relationships with the residents here. I know what they’re looking for in a dining experience and the rich flavors, comforting atmosphere and genuine nature of Chicken Salad Chick fits in perfectly. I look forward to serving the residents in Cookeville and know in time, these guests will turn into my little Chick family.”
The Chicken Salad Chick concept was established in 2008 by founder, Stacy Brown. With more than a dozen original chicken salad flavors as well as fresh side salads, gourmet soups, signature sandwiches and delicious desserts, Chicken Salad Chick's robust menu offers a variety of options suitable for any guest. 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 117 restaurants currently open in 13 states and remains a standout brand within the fast casual segment.
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