Iowa's first Slim Chickens opening in Ankeny this May, with more to come
Franchisee Jeff Brands, who's also the owner of central Iowa's Taco Johns locations, told the Register he expects to open at least nine locations across Iowa in the next 5-7 years, including locations in the Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City and Cedar Falls-Waterloo metros.
Ankeny will soon be home to a new chain chicken restaurant, the first of its kind in Iowa.
Slim Chickens, an Arkansas-based fast-casual restaurant chain specializing in tenders and wings, is expected to open in Ankeny on May 23. Franchisee Jeff Brands told the Register he expects to open at least nine locations across Iowa in the next 5-7 years, including locations in the Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City and Cedar Falls-Waterloo metro areas.
Brands is behind the operation of the Taco Johns in the Des Moines area and has been involved with the company for decades. He said he decided to build out and diversify the family business by partnering with Slim Chickens to bring its brand to the Hawkeye State.
The Ankeny location is currently under construction at 1730 N. Ankeny Blvd. at the intersection of Highway 69 and NW 18th St., near a Panera Bread and the Mizu Sushi Bar. Operators are looking to hire up to 100 people ahead of its opening day.
Beyond its signature baskets, the Slim Chickens menu features sandwiches, wraps, chicken and waffles, salads, fries, mac and cheese, sides like fried mushrooms and fried okra, shakes and desserts in Mason jars, which diners get to keep.
Brands said the decision to open his first location in Ankeny came after consideration of about a dozen sites in the Des Moines metro, with growing Ankeny emerging as the number one pick. Slim Chickens has over 100 locations nationwide.
Slim Chickens is currently looking for staff, including a general manager and assistant managers. Those interested can send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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