Chicken Salad Chick expands franchise development team amid growth spurt

Chicken Salad Chick has appointed Thomas Hipp as franchise development manager amid rapid growth, according to a company press release. Hipp joins Carrie Evans, who was appointed as director of franchise development for Chicken Salad Chick last year. Hipp's hire coincides with the opening of Chicken Salad Chick's 75th and 76th restaurants in Statesboro, Georgia, and Hurst, Texas, respectively, and the brand's expectation to open 20 restaurants this year.

Hipp previously held the role of director of franchise sales and development for Driven Brands, where he helped generate more than 300 qualified leads in a year and awarded more than 35 new Maaco licenses in just 14 months, according to the release. Prior to that, he helped The Remi Group grow their business in South Carolina by 244 percent. 

"Thomas' experience with leading franchisors makes him a valuable addition to our development team," Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick, said in the release. "We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to continued expansion of the brand. The increasing demand from potential franchisees led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of spreading joy, enriching lives and serving others."

Chicken Salad Chick is seeking individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit who possesses high energy and enthusiasm about the brand, marketing skills and the ability to manage a strong team, according to the release.

Restaurant experience is preferred. Interested candidates should have a minimum net worth of $600,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Franchisees can expect the initial investment to be approximately $439,500 – $604,500 with a $50,000 initial franchise fee, Deviney said.

Topics: Franchising & Growth

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