Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced the signing of franchise agreements that will bring nearly 20 new restaurants to the state over the next five years. The brand has signed two major deals in the past year in Texas – one for 8 units in San Antonio in October 2021 and most recently one for 8 units in Austin. Texas continues to prove itself as a prime area for expansion as Chicken Salad Chick builds on the success of its 21 existing locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. The brand plans to open five new locations in Texas this year, adding to its goal of opening 50 locations nationwide by the end of 2022.
Behind the Austin deal is duo Austin Young and Sara Ingram. Restaurant and franchise veterans, Young and Ingram are the current owners of Chicken Salad Chick – Waco and two of the youngest franchisees on the Chicken Salad Chick list. The pair also have two restaurants in development in Temple and Killeen. Keen to further expand their multiple-unit portfolio, Young and Ingram plan to open all eight units in Austin over the next three years.
“Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and we are very excited to introduce the brand to a growing market,” said Austin Young. “As a young business owner, Chicken Salad Chick has been so welcoming and supportive – with great core values in operations and customer services in addition to their quality menu offerings. This eight-unit deal was a natural next step in our career with the brand because we get to be on the ground floor of a fast-growing, fan-favorite concept.
The San Antonio development is powered by OberRoc LLC, a franchise company formed by San Antonio natives James Oberg, Jeff Rochelle and George Shaw with the goal of developing innovative dining concepts in the Greater San Antonio area. The eight locations will span San Antonio, including Bexar, Kendall, Comal and Hayes counties, and development is underway with the first location slated to open by the end of this year located at 22831 N US Hwy 281, Suite 116 in San Antonio and the second to open by Q2 2023.
Additional development is planned for the Dallas-Fort Worth area with established franchise groups Chicken Salad Chick Hazel 5 Ventures, LLC and Metroplex CSC, LLC. Hazel 5 Ventures, LLC currently has six locations in the Fort Worth area and plans to add five more in Greater Dallas over the next three years. They recently acquired the development rights from Murphy, Rockwall and Forney plan to open two new locations in Southlake and Weatherford by early 2023. Metroplex CSC, LLC currently has three locations in the Dallas area and plans to add 12 more over the next five years and are expected to open a new location in Frisco by the end of 2022.
“As our brand awareness and customer loyalty continue to grow, we are seeing demand for franchise opportunities across the state,” said Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. “It’s exciting to see Chicken Salad Chick’s southern expansion in action. We are beyond humbled to support our franchisees as they continue to thrive in Texas markets, and we look forward to seeing how communities across the state respond to the product. »
Most recently, Chicken Salad Chick celebrated its opening in Lake Jackson on June 15e. Over the next 24 months, Chicken Salad Chick plans to open additional locations in Amarillo, Frisco, Houston, Missouri City, San Antonio, Temple, Tyler and Weatherford.
With an open real estate landscape and vast opportunities for market growth, Chicken Salad Chick is looking to expand further across Texas by adding more than 50 locations over the next five years with strategic franchise partners. Target development markets for the state include Abilene, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Longview, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Sherman and Wichita Falls.
Chicken Salad Chick is on track to open over 40 locations in 2022, which will help it meet its overall development goal of having 500 locations open and operational by the end of 2025.
Chicken Salad Chick continues to be recognized as an outstanding franchise system, being named one of QSR Magazine’s Top Franchise Offerings for the second year in a row, in addition to being named #3 in the Top 100 Movers & Fast Casual’s Shakers in 2021 and #7 in Commerce’s Top 40 Smartest Growing Franchises for 2022, respectively. The brand was also highlighted as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Food Franchises of 2021 and was listed in the Franchise Times Top 400 for 2021.
To learn more about ownership opportunities with Chicken Salad Chick, contact Carrie Evans, Vice President of Franchise Development, at [email protected]call 214-733-0048 or visit http://www.chickensaladchick.com/franchising.
About Chicken Salad Chicken
Chicken Salad Chick serves up a savory Southern-style chicken salad, homemade and served with heart. With over a dozen original chicken salad flavors as well as fresh side salads, gourmet soups, signature sandwiches and delicious desserts, Chicken Salad Chick’s robust menu is perfect for all guests. Founded in Auburn, Alabama by Stacy and Kevin Brown in 2008, Chicken Salad Chick now has 200 restaurants in 17 states. Today, under the leadership of Scott Deviney and the Chicken Salad Chick team, the brand continues its rapid expansion with franchises and corporate sites. Chicken Salad Chick has received numerous accolades, including rankings in Franchise Times’s Fast & Serious and Fast Casual.com’s Top Movers and Shakers for the third year in a row, QSR’s Top Franchise Offers for the second year in a row, and Top Franchise Business Review’s food franchises in 2020. See www.chickensaladchick.com for more information.