Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept Expands Presence in North Carolina and Offers Free Chicken Salad for A Year
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 North Carolina with its first location in Concord. The new restaurant will open on Tuesday, September 12 and is located at 8915 Christenbury Parkway, Suite 40. This location is owned and operated by franchisee team Mike Hernandez and Don Carson of Cardez Hospitality Group, and marks the fifth Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in North Carolina.
During grand opening week, guests will enjoy southern hospitality through giveaways and specials at the new Chicken Salad Chick restaurant:
- Tuesday, September 12 – Free Chicken Salad for a Year – The first guest will win one large Quick Chick of chicken salad per week for an entire year; the next 99 guests receive a large Quick Chick of chicken salad per month for a year.*
- Wednesday, September 13 – The first 100 guests to purchase The Chick will receive a free stainless steel 30 oz. RTIC Tumbler.
- Thursday, September 14 – Thirsty Thursday – The first 100 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a free large drink and Chick Coozie.
- Friday, September 15 – Free Scoop Friday – The first 100 guests will receive a card for a free scoop of chicken salad, redeemable for their next visit.
- Saturday, September 16 – The first 100 guests to purchase two large Quick Chicks will receive a free large Chick Cooler.
Mike Hernandez and his father-in-law, Don Carson, will bring nearly seven decades of business and restaurant experience to the Chicken Salad Chick family. Prior to franchising, Hernandez served as general manager and executive chef for Compass Group, a foodservice management company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hernandez has more than 23 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Carson brings more than 45 years of business experience in the banking and finance industry and previously served as CEO at RFA Management Company. Together, Hernandez and Carson formed Cardez Hospitality Group, which also operates the Chicken Salad Chick location in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.
“We’re extremely excited to introduce Concord residents to the Chicken Salad Chick concept,” said Hernandez. “Our fresh, homemade chicken salad recipes, spectacular customer service and southern hospitality are second to none. We’re passionate about the Chicken Salad Chick brand and look forward to serving the Charlotte metro area for many years to come.”
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 more than 70 restaurants across the Southeast.
Chicken Salad Chick in Concord will be open Monday – Saturday from 10a.m. to 8p.m. For more information, visit http://www.chickensaladchick.com, or call 704-951-7323. Follow Chicken Salad Chick on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.
*Eligible winners must be over 16 years of age and are required to download the Craving Credits app. Redemption will start 9/19.
About Chicken Salad Chick
Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a Southern classic, offering guests a “custom fit” chicken salad experience, with over a dozen original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly-baked desserts. Chicken Salad Chick serves southern style chicken salad with heart and strives to spread joy, enrich lives and serve others every day. Today, the brand has more than 70 locations across the Southeast, and has currently sold 146 franchises to be developed across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. The brand was recently named as the top chicken salad in the country to try in the 2015 March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as one of FastCasual.com’s top Movers and Shakers and one of NRN’s 2015 Breakout Brands. Chicken Salad Chick also ranked #37 on Inc.’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Corporate offices are located at 724 North Dean Road in Auburn, Alabama. See www.chickensaladchick.com for additional information.