It started with a tender and sauce and now Slim Chickens is expanding their locations to include Fort Walton Beach, FL.
The new restaurant will be located at 131 Miracle Strip Parkway, right in front of the Holiday Inn Express.
Founded in Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 17, 2003, the fast-casual restaurant now has more than 121 locations across 19 states (there is also their Kuwait and London locations.)
Most recently, Slim Chickens opened their second Panama City location and will be opening their Pensacola location on March 22nd. That location will be on Nine Mile Road.
“The success that we’ve had in Panama City has been fantastic,” said Slim Chickens franchisee Chris McMillan. “We feel that Fort Walton Beach has a similar demographic and great clientele. Slim Chickens is such a strong brand that we honestly think we could open it anywhere and it would do very, very well. So it just fit every need and everything that we were looking for in a place to build a restaurant.”
McMillan, originally from South Arkansas, has lived in Panama City for the last 6-7 years and has been a franchisee with Slim Chickens for over a year now.
As for the food, McMillan describes Slim Chickens as “Southern-style home cooking” with the best tenders on the market.
“We have fantastic chicken sandwiches and salads with a great Southern vibe, Southern feel and a product that you can’t, in my opinion, you can’t beat,” said McMillan. “We also carry some of the best wings and 17 different dipping sauces. You name it, we got it!”
They also do milkshakes, chicken and waffles, cheesecake jars, and provide catering.
When asked when construction on the Fort Walton Beach restaurant is estimated to start, McMillan is hopeful that it will begin in the next 45-60 with a “late Summer opening.”
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“We’re just really excited about getting this thing moving and getting over there to Fort Walton Beach,” said McMillan.