Slim Chickens expanding footprint in Utah, looking to ruffle feathers in job market

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Slim Chickens started in 2003 with the first location in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but the chain is now making its way west and into the Beehive State.

The Southern-style chicken restaurant started heavily franchising in 2011 and currently has 110 locations in the United States as well as a couple international spots. The chain also has 500 committed restaurants set to be developed in the next five years, according to Byron Wheeler of the LOVE Restaurant Group.

Wheeler and his partners have taken on the developmental rights for the brand in Utah, seeing a demographic and growth factor that make a perfect match for the brand.

He said the demographics in Salt Lake and Utah counties, along with the rapid growth throughout the state and some family of a partner in Spanish Fork made the move into Utah easy.

The group is opening a restaurant in Herriman next week along with a deal signed to open a store in Saratoga Springs for 2021. Wheeler added the chain also has plans to bring 13-15 restaurants into Utah over the next five years.

Two of those locations are currently being negotiated in Utah County, which would add to the upcoming Saratoga Springs restaurant and the already-open Lehi location.

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