Slim Chickens plans to launch more than 50 restaurants this year in various states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to a press release.
Internationally, franchise restaurants will continue to open across the United Kingdom as well.
The company, known for chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken wings and chicken and waffles, closed out 2020 having signed over 150 multi-unit agreements with 16 groups that will bring the brand into new markets across the country.
While 2020 was a difficult year for the restaurant industry, Slim Chickens ended the year with just under 14% positive comp store sales growth and systemwide revenue growth of over 35%. The franchise system also grew by 30% in 2020.
The brand entered nine markets and opened several non-traditional venues in 2020 including restaurants at universities, stadiums and military bases.
“In addition to the openings lined up for this year, we are continuing to sign multi-unit deals with some of the most experienced franchise groups in the industry — adding to our explosive growth,” Vice President of Franchise Development Jackie Lobdell said in the release.