Beloved chicken brand brings first restaurant to Jackson County
Athens, GA (RestaurantNews.com) Saucy chicken chain Zaxby’s®, the premium quick-service restaurant, beloved for its Chicken Fingerz™, wings and legendary Zax Sauce®, is opening its first-ever restaurant in Ocean Springs, Miss. at 4013 Bienville Blvd. The new Zaxby’s is owned and operated by Spring Chicken, LLC and will open for drive-thru on Monday, March. 27. The dining room will open a week later, on Monday April 3.
“We are very excited to finally bring a Zaxby’s to Ocean Springs. It’s been on our list for a very long time, and, after much research and persistence, we were able to find the right location,” said Hudson Sandefur, owner of Spring Chicken, LLC. “We are local owners living here along the Gulf Coast, and we love the area. We pride ourselves in hiring and training customer-focused team members and providing a family-oriented work environment, to provide encore experiences for our guests.”
The 2,892 square-foot restaurant will feature Zaxby’s new farmhouse-style design with a white exterior, a first for Zaxby’s in South Mississippi. It will provide indoor seating available for up to 54 guests and offer expedited drive-thru service with a new double drive-thru layout for faster pay and pickup. For even faster service, starting on Monday April 3, customers may also order ahead online via zaxbys.com as well as through the new Zaxby’s app available for download on Google Play and the App Store. Ordering delivery directly through the new app will also be available to customers beginning April 3.
An alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s serves fresh, prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz and wings tossed in a variety of bold and spicy sauces. The menu features the brand’s famous Signature Sandwich, its iconic Fried Pickles and the fan-favorite Loaded Fries. Brand fans will enjoy a free Big Zax Snak® when downloading or updating the app and signing up for the new Zax Rewardz program for the first time.
Sandefur, an experienced Zaxby’s franchisee, owns and operates three locations in South Mississippi. The Bienville Blvd. location will be the franchisee’s first in Ocean Springs and the third in South Mississippi next to Gulfport and D’Iberville. The franchisee group is actively working to bring a fourth location to Biloxi, Miss. and has plans to grow further in the region. The new restaurant is providing up to 50 new employment opportunities to the Ocean Springs community. Interested applicants may simply visit zaxjobsoceansprings.com to apply for all available positions.
Founded in 1990, Zaxby’s is committed to serving delicious chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads with Southern hospitality and a modern twist. Zaxby’s iconic Signature Sandwich received Thrillist’s Fasties Award for Best Fried Chicken Sandwich in both 2021 and 2022. Zaxby’s has grown to more than 900 locations in 17 states and is headquartered in Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit zaxbys.com or zaxbysfranchising.com.
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