Chicken Salad Chick, a new fast-casual restaurant concept, is scheduled to open its new franchise location in Panama City Beach, Florida, on March 5, 2014.

“We are so excited to expand in Florida and join the Pier Park community,” says Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick. “It has been such a blessing to have franchisees like the Lauderdales join in sharing the Chicken Salad Chick experience with their own communities.”

The Panama City Beach restaurant is owned by franchisees Thomas and Stephanie Lauderdale. “I fell in love with Chicken Salad Chick over two years ago and couldn't wait to share it with everyone I knew,” owner Stephanie says. “We are so excited to give back to this community by bringing the people of Panama City Beach and Pier Park this simple, yet superb experience! We can't wait to get to know everyone who comes through our doors!”

“Kevin and I have been overwhelmed with the desire for people find a home for Chicken Salad Chick in the places that are dear to them,” says Chicken Salad Chick founder Stacy Brown. “It is so encouraging that our own customers want to share our concept and passion with those in their area.”

“The Pier Park location is perfect for us to showcase our brand to both our loyal customers who have been waiting for us to come to town and those who have yet to enjoy the Chicken Salad Chick experience,” says Kevin Brown. “This location, along with our other stores opening throughout the next year, represent a very exciting time in the young life of our company.”

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