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Big Chicken to open first franchised location 

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Big Chicken to open first franchised location 

The Shaquille O’Neal-owned chicken franchise concept will open its first franchised location on Thursday

Big Chicken has announced the impending opening of the brand’s first franchised location. The location is set to open in Austin Landing, the Dayton, Ohio area’s premier mixed-use retail, restaurant and entertainment destination, on 11 August. 

The new location will be overseen by veterans of the restaurant industry, Steve Christensen, Reid Richards and Mike Craddick. With a combined 60 years of experience, the trio has owned and operated more than 30 franchised restaurants during their careers. This is the first of three locations set to open in the Dayton-area. 

“We could not be more excited to introduce Big Chicken to the Dayton area. As a brand that stands apart from all others, and is already making waves, it’s a privilege to be opening its first franchised location in a market with such potential,” said Craddick, who has run restaurants in the area for more than a decade. 

“The hype in the community is building and we know locals will be blown away by the unique and delicious menu items we have in store.” 

With office space and hotels in the venue, Big Chicken takes its place alongside a wide variety of national and local brands at a major hub for locals. 

“This is an incredible moment for Big Chicken. My inspiration was always in sharing delicious food with family and friends, and seeing our first franchise opening feels like we are accomplishing just that,” said O’Neal.  

“Steve, Reid and Mike are great teammates… can’t wait to see them grow our brand in Ohio!” 

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