Chicken Salad Chick is reporting significant growth in 2018, opening 26 new restaurants and signing 21 franchise agreements to expand its footprint throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Texas. Additionally, Chicken Salad Chick achieved its 12th consecutive quarter of positive growth, and reported more than $110 million in systemwide revenue and a 10 percent increase in average unit volume (AUV) year over year.
"2018 was year of milestones for Chicken Salad Chick. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary, debuted in three new states and opened our 100th restaurant," said Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. "The efforts of our talented support team, dedicated franchisees and passionate store employees over the last several years have contributed to Chicken Salad Chick's rapid growth and ongoing success, none of which would be possible without our loyal fans. We're excited to build upon this momentum in 2019 as we grow the brand in new and existing markets and serve more communities and guests across the country."
Chicken Salad Chick's ongoing success over the past decade has propelled its national expansion and positioned the brand for explosive growth in 2019. The company will continue to focus on developing franchise and company locations in and outside the Southeast this year, with plans to open 45 new restaurants throughout the Southeast, Midwest and Texas, including its first locations in Ohio and Illinois. In the last three years, Chicken Salad Chick has more than tripled in size, with a 238 percent increase in units open and operating and AUV growth of more than 30 percent.
Chicken Salad Chick is actively seeking individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who possess high energy and enthusiasm about the brand, marketing skills and the ability to manage a strong team. Restaurant experience is preferred. Interested candidates should have a minimum net worth of $600,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Franchisees can expect the initial investment to be approximately $439,500 – $604,500 with a $50,000 initial franchise fee.
The Chicken Salad Chick concept was established in 2008 by founder, Stacy Brown. With more than 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 offers a variety of options suitable for any guest. In 2015, Eagle Merchant Partners purchased a majority stake in Chicken Salad Chick, and under the leadership of CEO Scott Deviney and team, the company now has more than 108 restaurants currently open in 13 states and remains a standout brand within the fast casual segment.
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