A unique food option is coming to Dawsonville Highway. Chicken Salad Chick is scheduled to open by the beginning of June at the North Lake Square shopping center.
The restaurant will share a 10,000-square-foot building with a relocated Five Guys, as well as Domino’s Pizza and Venice Nail Salon. A Pollo Tropical opened in July near the building, which is under construction.
Chicken Salad Chick has 15 different kinds of chicken salads, plus other sandwiches, salads and soups. The Auburn, Ala.-based company has restaurants in Athens, Alpharetta and Roswell.
The Gainesville location will be 3,100 square feet and have a drive-thru.
“It’s a fantastic concept,” North Lake developer Tim Knight said. “Everybody’s going to love it.”
Bob Wiggins, franchisee and operator of the Gainesville location of Chicken Salad Chick, previously served as owner/operator of a Chick-fil-A in Valdosta and was the franchisee for seven Cicis pizza buffet restaurants before selling those locations in 2007.
Wiggins said he sees it “as a great brand that’s growing,” and that’s why he decided to get back in the restaurant business.
“I’m hoping to make it a household name,” Wiggins said.
He is looking forward to the catering opportunities inherent in specializing in picnic foods like chicken salad and pimento cheese.
According to the Chicken Salad Chick website, the restaurant came about after someone alerted the health department the founder was illegally selling her popular chicken salad out of her house. Stacy Brown and her future husband, Kevin Brown, then decided to open a restaurant and now have 65 locations across nine states after first opening in 2008.
The chicken salad restaurants are in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. Kentucky will become the company’s 10th state in the near future.
Of the buildings already built or being built, Knight said he still has one spot to fill at North Lake Square: a 1,400-square-foot location in the building housing Chicken Salad Chick. More stores are planned beyond the current buildings.