Chicken Salad Chick announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Waco, Texas. Marking the brand’s first location in the Waco metropolitan area, the new restaurant highlights Chicken Salad Chick’s widespread expansion plans across Texas and eighth opening in the state this year alone. Located at 1509 Hewitt Drive, the Waco restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on December 16 and will offer 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 Texas’ state and local guidelines for COVID-19 procedures and will open the Waco 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. In addition, Chicken Salad Chick Waco will feature a drive-thru for added convenience.
During grand opening week, guests will experience the Southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for, with giveaways and specials that include:
Wednesday, December 16 - 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.* Guests can arrive starting at 7am for grand opening day only. 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.
Thursday, December 17 – The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free Chick Special redeemable on the next visit.
Friday, December 18 ¬– The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Trio will receive a free Chick tumbler.
Saturday, December 19 – The first 50 guests to purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free large Chick cooler.
Behind Chicken Salad Chick’s debut in Waco is first-time franchise owner Austin Young of H3y Chick Enterprises. Drawing from nearly two decades of experience in the foodservice industry, previously serving as District Manager of Zaxby’s, Young is well-versed in operations and restaurant management. He was first introduced to Chicken Salad Chick in Columbus, Georgia in 2014 and eagerly awaited the opportunity to open his own location. Young will be working alongside his two uncles at the new Waco restaurant and has plans to open two additional locations in the near future.
“I’ve worked in a family-owned restaurant since I was 15, so being able to carry on that tradition and begin my own family business with my two uncles is a dream come true,” says Austin Young. “After my first taste of Chicken Salad Chick six years ago, I knew I had to open my own location but needed to find the right market. Waco is a small, tight-knit community and vibrant college town that resonates with Chicken Salad Chick’s brand values and I know the brand’s made-fresh-daily food and hospitable atmosphere will be welcomed with open arms.”