Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise in the better-chicken segment featuring dine-in and drive-thru service, announced two new restaurant openings in Concord and Jacksonville, North Carolina. Spearheaded by the established multi-unit operating groups, the new Concord restaurant is Break Bread Ventures fourth and Fly the Coop’s first in Jacksonville.
The better-chicken brand has opened more than 250 locations across the United States 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 1,150 locations in development, the brand’s momentum continues to prove its stronghold in its segment.
“We are thrilled to bring our infamous cooked-to-order chicken tenders to more communities in North Carolina,” says Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “Growing our loyal following in Concord and Jacksonville is so exciting as we continue to see residents embrace our southern hospitality and welcoming atmosphere. Operating groups like Break Bread Ventures and Fly the Coop are prime examples of whom we seek as we continue to grow.”
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.
“As we continue to extend generations of our original quality recipe across the United States and overseas, each location we open signifies the success in the service and support systems we have implemented for Slim Chickens franchise owners,” says Sam Rothschild, COO of Slim Chickens. “We are honored to work with well-established operating groups like Break Bread Ventures and Fly the Coop who enable us to continue to expand our household name to communities across the globe.”
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 60% restaurant growth over the last two years, equaling over 250 opened locations today. The brand has also seen a remarkable 13.6% year-over-year increase in AUV, reaching an impressive $3,864,513. Over the last five years, Slim Chickens has experienced substantial development growth, with over 1,150 signed agreements in the pipeline. Slim Chickens is targeting several national markets including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New York as well as overseas in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Turkey, and the GCC.