Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise in the better-chicken segment featuring dine-in and drive-thru service, announced its new restaurant opening in Lake Wales, Florida located at 23260 US 27 Highway, 33853. Spearheaded by seasoned multi-unit operator, Florida Slims, this is the group’s second Slims restaurant opening with more in development. 

The better-chicken brand has opened more than 265 locations across the United States, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The brand is known and loved for its hand-breaded, cooked-to-order tenders and passionate group of followers within the markets it operates. With more than 1,200 locations in development, the brand’s momentum continues to prove its stronghold in its segment. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate our new location in Lake Wakes as we continue to provide fresh quality chicken and a consistent welcoming dining experience to more members of the community in new and current markets across the nation,” says Jackie Lobdell, Vice President of Franchise Development at Slim Chickens. “Established operators like Florida Slims are operating groups we look forward to connecting with as we continue to grow our footprint and celebrate exciting milestones.” 

The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the “better-chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings, and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the Southern contemporary look and feel, as well as the open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand. 

“We are excited to expand our footprint in Florida and serve more communities with cooked-to-order chicken and famous jar desserts,” says Sam Rothschild, COO of Slim Chickens. “As we continue to extend our presence and original quality recipe across the United States and globally, each location we open signifies the success in the service and support systems we have created for Slim Chickens franchisees. Congratulations to Florida Slims for their continued success with the brand, we are thankful for their partnership and dedication to growing our Slimthusiast following and look forward to celebrating milestones like this one with new and current established operators as we continue to grow across the nation and overseas.” 

Slim Chickens’ franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team, and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced, and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio. 

Slim Chickens has experienced a 70% restaurant growth over the last three years, equaling over 265 opened locations today. The brand has also reached an impressive $3,864,513. Over the last five years, Slim Chickens has experienced substantial development growth, with over 1,200 signed agreements in the pipeline. Slim Chickens is targeting several national markets including Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, and Boston as well as overseas in the European Union, Turkey, and the GCC. 

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