Zaxby's opening three new locations in Nashville area

Zaxby's, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings, is expanding its Nashville-area footprint with three new locations opening over the next several months.

Licensee Robert Ward, who opened Nashville's first Zaxby's restaurant four years ago in Antioch, Tennessee, is targeting Sept. 14 for the opening of his second store at 5228 Nolensville Road. Construction is underway.

"The response to our first store has been incredible, and there's tremendous opportunity to expand in the Nashville market," Ward said in a company press release. "The new locations all offer high-traffic areas that are well suited for our restaurants."

The second of the new locations is in Nippers Corner at 471 Old Hickory Blvd. in the former Jack in the Box building, and is slated to open in January 2016. The third location will be located at 2241 Murfreesboro Road in the former Razz restaurant building. In July, an investment group led by Brandon Plunkett, principal of Forbes I Plunkett Real Estate Group, purchased the building and will be converting it into a Zaxby’s. Ward and Chaz Tippins, who co-owns this franchise location, signed a long-term lease on the building, according to a company press release.

"Robert and I have a great relationship and have had a successful year in finding sites," Plunkett said. "He's a strong operator and my partners and I feel that Zaxby’s is a great brand, so taking the relationship a step further to build-to-suit for him was a no-brainer. We plan to keep looking for sites to develop for him as he continues to grow his operation."

Topics: Financing and capital improvements, Franchising & Growth, On the Move

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