Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced the opening of its 100th restaurant, which will open on November 8 just outside Lexington, Kentucky in Nicholasville at 254 E Brannon Road. This milestone marks the brand’s first location in Kentucky and emphasizes Chicken Salad Chick’s accelerated growth, with 22 new openings to date this year and an additional six slated to open by the end of 2018.
“We’re so proud to be opening our 100th restaurant and to see how far the brand has come since its launch,” says Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. “This is a significant achievement that wouldn’t be possible without our passionate franchisees and loyal guests. We’re thankful for their unwavering support and look forward to continuing the momentum as we grow Chicken Salad Chick.”
The Lexington restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on November 8th with five days of giveaways including free chicken salad for a year to the first 100 guests. During grand opening week, guests will experience the southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for, with giveaways and specials that include:
The Nicholasville restaurant is owned and operated by first-time Chicken Salad Chick franchisees Vickie and John Tranter. The Tranters have an extensive background in foodservice and hospitality and have been business owners for more than two decades. Prior to franchising with Chicken Salad Chick, they owned a variety of other concepts including Fazoli’s, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn and Best Western locations throughout Virginia and Ohio, and currently own an Auntie Anne’s Pretzels in Lexington.
“John and I have been in the business for a long time, and we know a good concept when we see one. I knew immediately after experiencing Chicken Salad Chick firsthand that this was a brand we had to be a part of,” says Vickie Tranter. “From the made-from-scratch menu items to the warm hospitality and welcoming atmosphere, Chicken Salad Chick’s southern charm is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. We’re so thrilled to be opening the brand’s 100th location and look forward to bringing such a unique concept to the greater Lexington area.”
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 100 restaurants across the Southeast.
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