Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept Expands Presence in Central Florida
Auburn, AL (RestaurantNews.com) Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Florida with its newest location in The Villages. The new restaurant will open on Tuesday, February 2 at 996 Bichara Blvd. The newest Chicken Salad Chick is owned and operated by franchisee team Tim O’Neill, Bill Battillo and Mark Clausen of Village Chick, LLC. This is the first franchise location for the group and marks the 8th Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Florida.
During grand opening week, guests will enjoy southern hospitality through giveaways and specials at the new Chicken Salad Chick restaurant:
“We’re truly excited to bring the Chicken Salad Chick brand to The Villages,” said Tim O’Neill, Chicken Salad Chick franchisee. “As one of the largest and friendliest retirement communities in the world, we know the residents of The Villages will love our delicious flavors and variety of chicken salad.”
Tim O’Neill, an Auburn graduate, had been dining at Chicken Salad Chick for years when it came to his attention that there was an opportunity to become a franchise owner. After partnering with Bill Battillo and Mark Clausen, and meeting with founders, Kevin and Stacy Brown, the trio established Village Chick, LLC with the goal of growing the unique Chicken Salad experience in Central Florida. The Villages location will be the brand’s 46th restaurant in the U.S.
The Chicken Salad Chick concept, born in Auburn, Ala., was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew; the company now has 46 restaurants across the Southeast.
Chicken Salad Chick in The Villages is open daily from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.chickensaladchick.com, or call (843) 352-2130. Follow Chicken Salad Chick on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.
About Chicken Salad Chick
Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a southern classic, offering guests a “custom fit” chicken salad experience, with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly-baked desserts. Today, the brand has 46 locations across the Southeast, and has currently sold 141 franchises to be developed across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The brand was recently named as the top chicken salad in the country to try in the March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as one of FastCasual.com’s top Movers and Shakers and as one of NRN’s 2015 Breakout Brands. Corporate offices are located at 724 North Dean Road in Auburn, Alabama. See www.chickensaladchick.com for additional information.