27 Jul Find success with Slim Chickens
Tom Gordon and Greg Smart, have been friends since they were 16 years old and met in their hometown of Little Rock. And while they had a vision at a young age of what they wanted to do with their lives, that shifted and they became the founders of the popular “better chicken” fast casual franchise, Slim Chickens.
The first Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, AR.
“It was a concept we felt was a need in this market,” said Smart, chief marketing officer.
Today, the Slim Chickens’ brand has 23 locations and nine more planned this year, extending from Lubbock, Texas, to Lincoln, Neb., and Tennessee to Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Franchising is the next wave of our growth,” Smart said.
Two corporate stores are expected to open this year. In 2016, six corporate locations are expected to open and an additional 20 to 25 franchise stores. Slim Chickens looks for large scale developers and target those who are interested in opening five to 18 stores.
“We’re growing very fast,” Smart added. “We’re the largest restaurant franchiser and the fastest growing chain in Arkansas. We’re glad to be based in Arkansas. It’s a good success story for us,” Gordon said.