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Chicken Salad Chick sets Edwardsville opening, eyes O’Fallon next

Chicken Salad Chick, which offers what it calls the nation’s only southern-inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will open its first Illinois restaurant opening in Edwardsville on June 26 and plans to open another location in O’Fallon, Ill., next year.

chickensaladchicklogoThe Edwardsville restaurant is the brand’s third location in the St. Louis area, with existing restaurants in Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.

Located at 2323 Plum St., the Edwardsville restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with giveaways and specials that include free chicken salad for a year.

The Edwardsville restaurant is owned and operated by multi-unit franchise owner Hannah Lukowski of SJ Restaurants, LLC. With three Firehouse Subs locations across Illinois and Missouri, Lukowski is well-versed in franchising and said she has been eagerly awaiting her chance to add Chicken Salad Chick to her portfolio since her first taste in 2009.

Lukowski said a longtime friend and Chicken Salad Chick’s Director of Marketing Ali Rauch introduced her to the unique concept and after speaking with founder Stacy Brown, Lukowski said she was hooked. She’s thrilled to open Chicken Salad Chick’s first location in Edwardsville and plans to open an additional restaurant in O’Fallon next year.

“Chicken Salad Chick does an amazing job of making everyone feel welcome and from the moment Ali introduced me to the rich flavors and genuine staff, I knew I wanted to become a part of the Chick family,” said Lukowski. “As a mother to a beautiful baby girl, with my second child on the way, the brand’s values really resonate with me and I’m proud to bring this concept to Illinois. The residents in Edwardsville are in for a pleasant surprise and I can’t wait to watch Chicken Salad Chick first-timers turn into loyal regulars.”

The Chicken Salad Chick concept was established in 2008 by founder, Stacy Brown. With more than a dozen original chicken salad flavors as well as fresh side salads, gourmet soups, signature sandwiches and delicious desserts, Chicken Salad Chick’s robust menu offers a variety of options suitable for any guest. In 2015, Eagle Merchant Partners purchased a majority stake in Chicken Salad Chick, and under the leadership of CEO Scott Deviney and team, the company now has 124 restaurants currently open in 15 states.

Chicken Salad Chick in Edwardsville will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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