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FastCasual.com | Same-store sales, growth up at Slim Chickens amid pandemic

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Same-store sales, growth up at Slim Chickens amid pandemic

Since February 2020, Slim Chickens, based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has inked six multi-unit agreements representing 38 franchise restaurants. The deals, all signed with experienced franchisees and groups, are set to bring Slim Chickens restaurants to key markets across the country, including several cities throughout Alabama and southern Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and cities throughout Montana, according to a company press release.  With the agreements in place, the chain’s development pipeline sits at more than 400 units, well on the brand’s way to meeting its goal of 600 restaurants over the next 10 years.

Link to full story: https://bit.ly/37NnYaq 

QSR Magazine | Slim Chickens Signs Six Multi-Unit Agreements During Pandemic

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Slim Chickens is not slowing down: the breakthrough fast casual brand is continuing to sign multi-unit franchise agreements amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Since February 2020, the brand has inked six multi-unit agreements representing 38 new franchise restaurants. The deals, all signed with experienced franchisees and groups, are set to bring Slim Chickens restaurants to key markets across the country, including several cities throughout Alabama and southern Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and cities throughout Montana. With the new agreements in place, Slim Chickens’ development pipeline sits at more than 400 units, well on the brand’s way to meeting its goal of 600 restaurants over the next ten years.

Read the full story here on QSR Magazine: https://bit.ly/3eS3j7d

Cleveland.com | Slim Chickens locations targeted for Greater Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Several Slim Chickens locations are slated for Greater Cleveland.

Target opening date for the initial location is scheduled for first quarter 2021. A rep for the company said one restaurant is slated to go into a remodeled Steak ‘n Shake at 9545 Ohio 14, Streetsboro, and another will be located in front of the Meijer at 1810 Nagel Road, Avon.

The company said the locations are part of a six-unit franchise agreement in the Cleveland market. This will mark the brand’s first location in Northeast Ohio and second in Ohio, behind one in Cincinnati.

The company said David Giesen, owner of several fast-food and fast-casual restaurants across Ohio and Colorado, is bringing the Slim Chickens restaurants to Greater Cleveland. Giesen has owned Arby’s and Johnny Rockets, and owns a Freddy’s.

Read the full story at Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer: https://bit.ly/2Y5vloV

Birmingham Business Journal | Fast-casual chicken chain plans expansion into Birmingham

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While it’s been a challenging time for restaurants amid the COVID-19 crisis, a fast-casual chicken chain is forging ahead with a national expansion that will bring it to metro Birmingham. 

Slim Chickens has inked a multi-unit franchise agreement that will bring it to Birmingham. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The restaurant will have both dine-in and drive-through options when it opens in the fourth quarter of 2020. The franchisees do not have a secured location yet for Birmingham. 

Jeff and Andrea Goldt are the franchisees bringing Slim Chickens to the state and are multi-unit owners in the greater Atlanta area. The couple owns multiple fast-food restaurant franchises and has more than 25 years of restaurant ownership experience. 

Read the full story at the Birmingham Business Journal: https://bit.ly/2KIs20M.

Retail & Restaurant | Slim Chickens to Enter Alabama Market in 2020

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Birmingham, Ala. — Slim Chickens, a leading fast-casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-thru in the “better chicken” segment, will open its first location in Alabama in fourth quarter 2020. The forthcoming restaurant comes out of the brand’s recent multi-unit franchise agreement in the Birmingham market.

Jeff and Andrea Goldt are the franchisees bringing Slim Chickens to the state and are multi-unit owners in the greater Atlanta area. The couple owns multiple fast-food restaurant franchises and has more than 25 years of restaurant ownership experience.

“The Goldts are exactly the kind of franchisees we’re seeking as we expand into new markets,” says Jackie Lobdell, executive director of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “Their professional background in the restaurant industry coupled with their business expertise are what we look for as we sign franchisees across the country.”

Read the full story at Retail & Restaurant: https://bit.ly/2Mynyuw

Global Franchise Magazine | Slim Chickens franchisee hands out free lunches

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Mike Moreland, a multi-unit Slim Chickens franchisee based in Columbia, Missouri, recently organized for free Slim Chickens lunchboxes to be distributed amongst kids from Cedar Ridge Elementary School, so that children who usually depended on a school lunch would still have some sustenance amidst school closures.

“When I reached out to Cedar Ridge Elementary School (a school that we had an existing relationship with) they were really excited about our offer,” Morland told Global Franchise. “We’ve always tried to build and maintain relationships with several schools nearby our location and this was just another way we could help. The principal made every effort to let students know when and where we would be and even showed up to the event to show support for the students.”

Slim Chickens multi-unit franchisee Mike Moreland
Slim Chickens multi-unit franchisee Mike Moreland

When speaking about what he feels franchises should be doing to support their networks, Morland said: “I think it’s a case-by-case situation. First and foremost is the safety of our teams and our customers. If you are in a position to help then do what you can to be present in your community during challenging times, even if it’s just keeping a steady flow of communication via social media letting the community know we are there to help in any way that we can.”

See the full story at Global Franchise Magazine: https://bit.ly/3azUo8A.

FastCasual.com | Slim Chickens arrives in Colorado, launches food truck

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It’s been a busy month for Slim Chickens as the brand opened its first Colorado location, in Aurora, and also launched its first food truck.

The Colorado store is owned by multi-unit franchisee Love Restaurant Group, according to a press release, and is the first of a 30-unit franchise deal. Love’s agreement covers all of Utah and Colorado and it plans to open 30 stores over the next decade. Development is already underway in Centennial, Colorado Springs and Parker, Colorado as well as Lehi, Utah. These locations are slated to open in 2020. Love Restaurant Group also operates 15 Burger King restaurants.

“The first time we tried the food, we knew Slim Chickens was the right choice as we sought to diversify our portfolio into the better chicken segment,” said Byron Wheeler, president and managing owner of Love Restaurant Group, in the release. “In addition to the product, Slim Chickens sets itself apart from other fast-casual chicken franchises with its strong brand following, simple operations, passionate executive team and truly incredible franchisee support.”

Read the full story: https://bit.ly/3cDlBre 

QSR Magazine | Slim Chickens expects 30-plus openings in 2020

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The Slim Chickens franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system.

Dozens of new Slim Chickens restaurants will arrive this year.

As the fast casual brand expands around the globe, Slim Chickens, which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, has plans for over 30 openings in 2020 alone. Franchise locations are slated to open in new domestic markets including Maryland, New Jersey, Florida and Washington, to name a few. Internationally, franchise restaurants will open across the United Kingdom in markets like Reading, Southampton and Kent.

Slim Chickens works well in traditional and non-traditional environments alike. In fact, the brand has openings planned for several non-traditional venues this year, including restaurants at three universities, two stadiums and five military bases.

“This year is going to be a landmark year for Slim Chickens. Franchisees are opening restaurants at a breathtaking pace as they grow our brand in new markets and expand our footprint in regions where we are well-known, too,” says Executive Director of Franchise Development Jackie Lobdell. “In addition to the many openings this year, we are continuing to sign multi-unit deals with some of the most experienced franchise groups in the industry—adding to our momentum.”

Read the full story at QSR Magazine: https://bit.ly/2BtpHp1 

QSR Magazine | Slim Chickens to open first Florida location in spring

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In July, Slim Chickens attracted an equity investment from 10 Point Capital, the private equity firm behind segment leader Tropical Smoothie Café.

Slim Chickens announced that its first location in the Sunshine State will open in the spring. The forthcoming restaurant, which will be located at 300 W. 23rd St. in Panama City, comes out of the brand’s recent 10-unit franchise agreement covering the Florida Panhandle. There will also be a location coming to the Callaway area.

Chris and Amy McMillan, along with business partners Richard Maddox, Adam Cantrell and Becky Retherford, are bringing Slim Chickens to the region and are all local business owners in Panama City. As multi-unit franchisees with a leading fast food drive-in restaurant, the McMillans are restaurant industry veterans with nearly 20 years of restaurant operations experience.

“Slim Chickens has incredible momentum behind it – the brand is red hot. Now is the time to franchise with the brand,” says Chris McMillan, co-owner of the new restaurants. “We truly believe in Slim Chickens and are thrilled to show new customers in Florida what the excitement is all about. With its touch of southern hospitality and broad menu, we know it’s going to be a hit.”

In addition to the forthcoming location in Panama City, the group plans to open in towns and cities across the Panhandle like Pensacola, Fort Walton, Callaway and others.

Read the full story at QSR Magazine: http://bit.ly/322h4er 

Multi-Unit Franchisee | Operator signs new multi-unit franchise agreement with Slim Chickens

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Operator Signs New Multi-Unit Franchise Agreement With Slim Chickens

Entrepreneur and multi-concept franchisee Colt Harmon has added a new brand to his growing portfolio by signing an agreement to bring 5 Slim Chickens locations to markets in Southeast Oklahoma and Northern Texas. Harmon has extensive experience in the restaurant industry and in real estate development.

“As a true Arkansan, I’ve followed Slim Chickens since it opened its very first restaurant and always knew it was a concept I wanted to be attached to,” said Harmon of his franchise agreement with Arkansas-based Slim Chickens. “The current momentum behind the brand made now the right time to franchise. I’m excited for the months ahead.”

Harmon says he plans to open his new restaurants in towns like Muskogee in Southeast Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls in Northern Texas.

Slim Chickens now has 100 locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Kuwait, and more than 350 units in development. Last July the brand attracted an equity investment from 10 Point Capital, the private equity firm behind Tropical Smoothie Café.

Read the story at Multi-Unit Franchisee: https://bit.ly/2GxBZMq.