Slim Chickens franchisee hatches 18th UK-based location

March 23, 2022

Faytetteville, Arkansas-based Slim Chickens has opened a store in Guilford, England at 22 Friary St., marking Boparan Restaurant Groups’ 18th location, according to a company press release.

 
The better-chicken brand has over 160 locations in the United States and the United Kingdom with over 800 in development.

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“As we continue to expand across the globe, we are grateful for having great franchise partners like Boparan Restaurant Group guiding our growth,” Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens, said in the release. “Their passion for the Slim Chickens brand and dedication to bringing our amazing flavors and southern comfort environment to communities across the UK is admirable.”

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Slim Chickens Recognized as Noteworthy Franchise

January 21, 2022

Slim Chickens has been named to Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list, considered the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Slim Chickens achieved a spot in the top 35 percent of franchises overall. 2022 marks Slim Chickens third-consecutive year on the Franchise 500 list.

 
The recognition received by Slim Chickens highlights the successful expansion made by the company in 2021. An addition of more than 40 units last year brings the brand’s total number of locations to more than 150, serving communities across the United States and the UK.

“Being named as a top chicken franchise by Entrepreneur is an incredible honor,” says Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “The growth and momentum we had in 2021 was amazing, and we are carrying that right into 2022. We are excited to keep growing with multi-unit operators who are passionate about sharing Slims’ food and hospitality across the world.”

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There are several key factors that go into the evaluation, including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order.

“The past year has been one of the most challenging for businesses in recent memory, which made putting together our 43rd annual Franchise 500 list more enlightening than ever,” says Entrepreneur Editor in Chief Jason Feifer. “The companies named to this year’s list showed us how being resilient, supportive, and nimble can help navigate extraordinary challenges and also underscore the grit and innovation that define entrepreneurship.”

The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the better-chicken segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

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The Slim Chickens franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

Entrepreneurially spirited individuals interested in owning a Slim Chickens franchise should be well-versed in the restaurant industry with prior multi-unit ownership or operating experience looking for a concept to expand their portfolio across exclusive territories.

Over its 43 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. Slim Chickens’ position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

Source: QSR

Slim Chickens Continues U.K. Growth with Nottingham Opening

December 9, 2021

Slim Chickens announced its new restaurant opening in Nottingham. Seasoned franchise group Boparan Restaurant Group is at the helm of the new location.

 
The better-chicken brand has opened more than 150 locations across the United States and the United Kingdom. With more than 750 locations in development, the brand’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

“Boparan Restaurant Group has repeatedly proven that people in England love our tasty food and the southern comfort that our restaurants bring,” says Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “The locations they have opened throughout the United Kingdom have become a go-to mealtime destination –– we are ecstatic that we get to partner with such a passionate franchise group.”

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The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the “better chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

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Slim Chickens’ franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

Source: QSR Magazine

Slim Chickens Opens New Location in the U.K.

August 20, 2021

Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise, which features dine-in and drive-thru service in the better-chicken segment, announced today its new restaurant opening at Exeter Cres, Bournemouth BH2 5DD. Seasoned restaurant operator groups JRK Restaurants and Boparan Restaurant Group are at the helm of the new location.

 
The better-chicken brand has opened more than 135 locations across the United States and the United Kingdom, and is known for its passionate group of followers in the markets in which it operates. With more than 600 locations in development, the brand’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

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“As we continue to expand across the globe, we are so glad to have groups like JRK Restaurants and Boparan Restaurant Group along our side propelling our growth,” says Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “I know these groups will do an amazing job introducing the brand to the local Bournemouth community.”

The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the “better chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

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The Slim Chickens franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

Source: QSR Magazine

Slim Chickens signs second franchise deal as it continues to push ahead with roll out

November 30, 2020

Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) has signed a second franchise partner for its US-hatched, fast-casual chicken brand Slim Chickens.

The new deal between Boparan and franchisee KK Restaurants SW will see the group open five Slim Chicken restaurants across the south west of England, with the first due to launch in Exeter next month.

 
It will be the tenth Slim Chickens restaurant in the UK and comes hot on the heels of the chain’s largest opening to date​ at Manchester’s Trafford Centre earlier this month.

KK Restaurants SW has experience rolling out restaurant brands in the south west region, having previously signed deals with Pizza Hut Delivery and Costa Coffee.

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“Slim Chickens is a scalable brand with bags of potential, and we are delighted to be partnering with BRG to bring better chicken to customers in the south west,” says Simon Wright of KK Restaurants SW.

This is the second franchise agreement for Slim Chickens in the UK.

The first was signed with JRK Restaurants in February​ as part of plan to open five restaurants under the brand along the south coast in the next four years.

Slim Chickens was founded by Tom Gordon and Greg Smart in Arkansas in 2003 and now trades from more than 100 US restaurants.

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BRG signed a master franchise agreement with the brand for the UK and Ireland in 2018 and has since opened restaurants in London, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham.

“We are pleased to have secured a franchise partner as experienced as KK Restaurants SW,” says Judd Williams, BRG’s franchise director.

“This supports our ambitious growth plans to roll-out the Slim Chickens brand across the UK.”

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality

Slim Chickens begins south coast expansion with Southampton launch

July 27, 2020

The first of five planned franchise-run Slim Chickens restaurants for the south coast will open within Southampton’s popular in WestQuay Shopping Centre next month.

 

The opening follows the announcement earlier this year by brand owner Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) ​that it had signed a franchise deal with London-based franchisee JRK Restaurants, which already has interests within the food and hospitality franchise sectors, to open five sites of the ‘better chicken’ brand.

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The move is part of the BRG’s plans to accelerate the growth of the Slim Chickens brand, which now operates seven restaurants in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Kent since its launch in the UK two years ago. There are plans to expand the rand further with more cities being targeted in the future.

“We are delighted to partner with JRK in what is a significant move for everyone associated with the Slim Chickens brand,” Judd Williams, says BRG’s franchise director.

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“As a result of this new signing, we have taken the first steps in our ambitious sub-franchise plans to fast track the roll out of Slim Chickens and introduce the brand to more towns and cities across the UK.”

More company-owned Slim Chickens are likely to open across the UK as well following BRG’s purchase of Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s​ earlier this year.

BRG purchased 30 Carluccio’s restaurants as part of the deal, with speculation at the time that it plans to convert around 10 of these to Slim Chickens.

Source: Big Hospitality

Chicken chain opens talks with potential franchisees aimed at accelerating UK roll-out

January 31, 2020

Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) is poised to enter into talks with potential franchise partners in a move aimed at expediting the growth of its Slim Chickens brand.

The company currently operates six stores – which it claims are all trading above expectations – with a seventh planned for Bluewater shopping centre in Kent next month.

 
But it reckons there is scope to roll out sites even quicker and is keen to engage with new partners capable of accelerating its growth.

Laurie Mcilwee, chairman of BRG, said: “Since signing the master franchise for the UK and Ireland, we have successfully launched six stores and all of them are trading beyond even our own expectations.

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“Based on this success and how the UK has embraced Slim’s as a brand they love, we are very ambitious about its future growth potential. We therefore see partnering with individuals or consortia of investors as the ideal way to accelerate the roll-out of a highly profitable, uncomplicated brand.”

BRG insists simplicity is key to the brand’s popularity. The Slim Chickens’ menu is straightforward to execute and leans on a list of high-quality ingredients using house recipes.

Trained team members use a decade-old process to marinade and lock in moisture and every meal is cooked to order, ensuring maximum flavour in every bite.

The menu comprises chicken tenders, wings, sandwiches and salads as well as a host of quintessentially American sides, like mac and cheese, fried pickles and hand-spun shakes.

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Judd Williams, BRG’s franchise director, added: “There is no doubt that the momentum behind Slim’s is rapidly gathering pace as we’ve proven both the concept itself and the opportunity for fast-casual, better chicken in the UK market.

“Slim Chickens offers a differentiated brand in an exciting segment, attractive unit level economics, an exceptional support system, streamlined operations and an unmatched training program. We therefore look forward to commencing discussions on exciting multi-unit opportunities with the right partners.”

By ANDREW SEYMOUR

Source: Food Service Equipment Journal

Slim Chickens to replace Ed’s Diner at Bluewater Shopping Centre

January 23, 2020

A new southern fried chicken restaurant is set to open at Bluewater shopping centre. The Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) will convert their Ed’s Diner, located in the upper mall by the Showcase Cinema, into a Slim Chickens, also owned by BRG.

It is set to rebrand next month, according to Big Hospitality .

 
Job adverts have been posted on Indeed for two kitchen team members and a front of house employee.

We could be seeing a lot more Slim Chickens in the UK as BRG, who used to run Giraffe in Bluewater too, look to expand the franchise this year.

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Slim Chickens prides itself on fresh hand-breaded chicken using homemade recipes cooked to order and served in a “friendly Southern hospitality”.

The menu features wings, tenders, chicken sandwiches, wraps and salads.

As a meal, these come with fries, Texas toast, bottomless soda and a choice from a variety of house sauces including garlic parmesan and cayenne ranch.

Meals are priced from £7.45 to £13.45 if you are really hungry.

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You can also get a variety of sides and milkshakes, with beer fans rejoicing at Camden Hells for £3 with a meal.

All this topped off with a jar dessert containing different variations of brownie if there’s still any room.

Founders Greg and Tom launched their first Slim Chickens venture back in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkensas.

They now have more than 80 branches in America and have opened six UK stores in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Brunswick, Soho and James Street in London.

Bluewater is set to be number seven and the first of its kind in Kent.

By Andy Robinson Senior Reporter

Source: Kent Live

Slim Chickens Continues International Expansion with Sixth Restaurant in the United Kingdom

November 30, 2019

Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise which features dine-in and drive-through in the “better chicken” segment, announced today that it is set to open a new location in Bristol, its sixth location in the United Kingdom, this winter.

The better-chicken brand has nearly 100 locations across the United States, the United Kingdom and Kuwait, and is known for its passionate group of followers in the markets that it has locations in. With more than 350 units in development, the fast-growing brand is well on its way to reaching its goal of 600 restaurants.

 
“When looking to bring a better-chicken brand across the pond, Slim Chickens was in a league of its own,” said Tom Crowley, CEO of Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), the franchise partner of Slim Chickens in the United Kingdom and a multi-unit, multi-concept group. “From its high-quality product to the passionate executive team, we knew it was the right fit and would resonate with British diners.”

Highly regarded in the restaurant industry, BRG operates more than 60 restaurants within four brands across the United Kingdom. In addition to the five open Slim Chickens locations in the United Kingdom and the Bristol location in development, BRG is set to open five to eight additional locations in 2020 to complete their multi-unit franchise agreement.

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“BRG is exactly the type of experienced multi-concept franchisees that we’re looking for as we expand into new territories, both globally and domestically in the United States,“ said Jackie Lobdell, executive director of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “Tom and his team’s passion for the brand and deep operational experience reflect the qualities we look for in franchise partners.”

The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the “better chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

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In July, Slim Chickens attracted an equity investment from 10 Point Capital, the private equity firm behind segment leader Tropical Smoothie Café.

The Slim Chickens franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

Source: Franchising

Boparan continues Slim Chickens expansion

November 8, 2019

Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) is to open its sixth Slim Chickens restaurant, in Bristol.

The company is believed to be converting its Giraffe site in the Cabot Circus shopping centre to the fried chicken brand for a 29 November opening.

 
Slim Chickens was founded in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2003 and has expanded to over 80 US locations.

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BRG has held the franchise rights in the UK since 2018.

It has opened locations in London, Cardiff and Birmingham, with several sites replacing BRG’s existing​ Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner restaurants.

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“We have had a fantastic response to our brand and our chicken in the locations we have opened so far and we hope to create more ‘Slimthusiasts’ with the amazing people of Bristol with our new restaurant,” says Tom Crowley, CEO at BRG.

BRG says it has “ambitious growth plans” for the brand, with more restaurants planned to open in key cities across the UK in 2020.

By Sophie Witts

Source: Big Hospitality