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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Slim Chickens planning to open 100th restaurant in December

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Fayetteville-based chicken restaurant chain Slim Chickens expects to open its 100th restaurant in December and has 350 locations under development.

Where exactly the location will be is still up in the air, as several projects will be nearing completion at the same time. The company said the new restaurants are all part of an aggressive multiunit growth plan. Slim Chickens intends to increase its presence in key markets with the target of opening 600 stores in the next 10 years.

Slim Chickens currently operates 85 stores in 14 U.S. states, two in Kuwait and five in the United Kingdom. The expansion will initially focus on the South, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast regions and, with current development deals considered, will cover 23 states.

Jackie Lobdell, the company’s executive director of franchise development, said the company is on track to open more than 30 stores in 2020 with a target of opening 50 stores each year after that.

Read the full story at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: | Big franchise growth ahead for Slim Chickens

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Big franchise growth ahead for Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens has a goal to hit 600 locations in the next decade and is making fast track on the initiative with seven multi-unit franchise agreements totaling 71 units for this year.

The fast casual brand plans to open its 100th restaurant in December and launch at least 30 locations in 2020, according to a press release. The brand is focusing its expansion on southern, midwestern, mid-Atlantic and northeastern states in the near term and has 350 locations in development across 14 states and three continents.

“We are in the perfect position to be aggressive with our franchise growth strategy,” said Jackie Lobdell, executive director of franchise development for Slim Chickens, in the release. “We offer attractive unit level economics, an exceptional support system, streamlined operations and an unmatched training program. Given the incredible momentum behind the franchise opportunity today, we’re ready to expand with experienced multi-unit operators.”

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FOOD & WINE: Best Food In Arkansas

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We are honored to be considered Arkansas’ favorite fast food restaurant, according to Food & Wine. We love you too Arkansas. Below is a link to the article, scroll down to see the full list.