Get ready for a tide chicken salad.
Chicken Salad Chick is opening four fast-casual restaurants in the Indianapolis area over the next few months, bringing a dozen flavors of chicken salad.
The first store opens on March 9th at 3458 W. 86th St. in the Pyramid Place Shopping Center.
A second opens at 11545 Ikea Way in Fishers in mid-April, followed by a store in Glendale Town Center in May and one next to Kroger Marketplace on Emerson Avenue in Greenwood in July.
“This is really unheard of by us for a city,” said Tom Carr, chief marketing officer.
All salads consist of chicken with white meat and Duke’s mayonnaise. The bestseller is a traditional mix of chicken schnitzel, mayo and finely chopped celery with a special blend of spices.
Other varieties include fruit and nut mixes; evoke the taste of a baked potato with bacon, grated cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing; and reef off buffalo chicken wings.
There are also seasonal flavors, mac and cheese, soups, turkey rolls, allspice cheese, and typical side dishes like broccoli salad and grape salad – a Mediterranean treat made from whole grapes, sweetened cream cheese, brown sugar and crushed pecans.
The chicken salad is served in balls with crackers or in sandwiches. Each plate comes with a cucumber and a cheryl’s cookie frosted with buttercream.
Customers can pick up containers from a cooler or order them at the counter and be served at the table.
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Visitors find tablecloths, rugs, and photos of local landmarks to create a homely feel, similar to the original location that Stacy Brown and her business partner, and future husband Kevin, opened in Auburn, Ala.
“Stacy’s idea was originally that she would invite people into her own home. As we grew, we wanted to keep that idea, ”said Carr.
Brown’s chicken salad business started when she was divorced. She sold the product door-to-door before opening a store in 2008. The company started franchising in 2012.
The chain has 179 stores, most of them in the southeast.
Chicken Salad Chick is making a large investment in the Indianapolis area, hiring 50 to 60 people for each store and a district manager. It is the largest market opening the chain has ever had.
Before that, it was the most aggressive to open two stores, Carr said.
“Indianapolis is a growth market. It’s a great lifestyle market, and there’s nothing like our chicken salad chick here. “Said Carr.
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The opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Browns – Stacy Brown remains a board member and franchisee – wanted their employees to have Sundays off, Carr said.
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