The fast-casual concept will debut in Jeffersonville on 16 June.
Marking entrance into the brand’s seventeenth state and its first in the Louisville market, the new restaurant highlights Chicken Salad Chick‘s accelerating development efforts across the Midwestern region, including Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.
The Jeffersonville restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on 16 June by offering free chicken salad for a year to the first 100 guests. Those awarded will be properly distanced and will receive a designated return time upon arrival to spread out the number of guests at the restaurant throughout the day.
As Indiana continues to reopen, Chicken Salad Chick is closely following state guidelines and will open the Jeffersonville restaurant at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. Additionally, all employees will be wearing masks and gloves, as well as practicing proper handwashing and food safety protocol. For guests who prefer to take their chicken salad to-go, the Jeffersonville restaurant has a drive-thru and also features outdoor seating.
“The pandemic delayed grand opening plans for many of our restaurants, as it did for all other restaurants, and we’re thrilled to finally see them opening their doors,” said Scott Deviney, CEO of Chicken Salad Chick. “Our new franchise owners, Karen and Jon Riddle have been creating great buzz in Jeffersonville and the surrounding Louisville area through their community involvement, as residents get to know we aren’t just offering fresh chicken salad, but also providing an unmatched hospitable experience and meaningful community connection. Following the opening in Jeffersonville, we expect to further expand our presence in the region with additional locations in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky in the coming year.”
The Jeffersonville restaurant is owned and operated by first-time Chicken Salad Chick franchise owners Jon and Karen Riddle of Derby City Chicks, LLC. The husband-and-wife team was introduced to the concept five years ago while on vacation in Destin, Florida. Jon and Karen, who previously served as a data analyst and HR director respectively, will operate the Jeffersonville restaurant alongside their two children, Eric and Ellie, and have plans to open an additional restaurant in Louisville in the next few years.
“While our grand opening plans may have been on hold, we made it a priority to start serving our community as soon as we were ready,” said Karen Riddle. “For the past two months, our team has delivered nearly 1,000 pounds of our chicken salad to residents in the greater Jeffersonville area and have donated meals to nearly 100 local institutions, including hospitals, nursing homes, food pantries, pharmacies, schools, and more. It’s been an honor to give back to a community that has supported us before we’ve even opened our doors and are thrilled to now officially welcome guests into our restaurant.”
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