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Emerging Brands

Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken prepares for big growth

The former NBA star’s fast-casual chicken concept is getting into ghost kitchens, franchising and cruise ships, all the while finding the best ways to leverage its famous founder’s image.

Financing

Former Popeyes executives team up to get into Bojangles

Cedartown Chicken, led by former Popeyes Chief Development Officer Greg Vojnovic, has acquired seven locations in western Georgia and will develop 11 more.

The former Inspire Brands operations executive will oversee operations at the 19-unit fast-casual chain.

The “wellness days” are unpaid, but the quick-service chain said employees can make up the hours later in the week.

The chain is enlisting two college debate teams to discuss whether it is a “sandwich” or a “taco.”

Eight months after being acquired by Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the fast-casual wing chain is eyeing robotic fry cooks and new equipment to shave cooking times amid a complete brand refresh.

The burger giant filed a lawsuit against chicken producers indicating it planned to join litigation alleging a years-long effort to fix chicken prices.

The chain is maintaining strong unit volumes, though pressure from competitors ate into its sales last quarter. Chicken nuggets could help.

The bite-size nuggets launch nationwide, along with all-new packaging and a catchy marketing slogan.

The chicken sandwich chain’s non-mall locations topped $7 million average unit sales last year despite the pandemic and an influx of competitors, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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