Yesterday I stopped at Ikeda’s in Auburn, Ca. and bought a pound of their Curried Chicken Salad. As I was piling the salad high on artisan bread, I thought about a Chicken Salad concept and how different flavored chicken salads would appeal to the masses. A restaurateur never stops conceptualizing.
This morning I learned someone alreeady had the concept mapped out and moving forward a
nd it’s in Auburn. Alabama.
Chicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Louisiana with its first location in Shreveport. The new restaurant will open on Tuesday, May 16 and is located at 6537 Youree Drive. This location is owned and operated by brother-and-sister franchisee team Ray Pynes and Lacy Pynes Galligan, and marks the third Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Louisiana.
Ray and Lacy bring seven years of restaurant experience to the Chicken Salad Chick brand. The brother-and-sister franchisee team own two Another Broken Egg Cafes and wanted to expand their business portfolio with a second restaurant concept. They were first introduced to Chicken Salad Chick in June 2016 and were instantly impressed with the product, service and support offered by corporate, and believe Shreveport is the perfect location for a Chicken Salad Chick restaurant.
“As Louisiana natives, we’re excited to bring Chicken Salad Chick’s great food, hospitable service and amazing story to the Shreveport market,” said Ray Pynes. “We’ve had our eye on a few different restaurant concepts but after visiting the Lafayette location, we instantly knew that Chicken Salad Chick was the type of brand we wanted to be a part of. The local community in Shreveport is attracted to unique concepts and Chicken Salad Chick fits that description perfectly. We’re confident the brand will resonate with local consumers and hope to open an additional location in the future.”
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 60 restaurants across the Southeast.
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 60 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.