Chicken Salad Chick is opening a location on North Gloster Street, in the 4,800 square-foot building that has been home to a Domino’s location for about a year.
Franchise owners Robin and Will Clayton opened the first Chicken Salad Chick in the state last year when they opened in Oxford in March.
The Auburn, Ala.-based restaurant chain, billed as a “Southern-inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept,” was founded in 2008.
The Tupelo store location at 3581 N. Gloster St. is an ideal spot, Robin Clayton said.
“We opened a year-and-a-half ago in Oxford, and unlike that location, the one in Tupelo will have a drive-through,” she said. “We’ll be open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., except we’ll be closed on Sundays.”
Clayton said construction has started on the space, and anticipates a mid-November opening – just in time for the holidays.
Chicken Salad Chick has more than 90 locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In Mississippi, it has four locations: Oxford, Olive Branch, Flowood and Hattiesburg. A fifth store is opening today in D’Iberville on the coast.
While the Claytons are fairly new to the restaurant business, they aren’t new to Chicken Salad Chick. They had lived in Auburn for a few years, where ate at the restaurant several days a week. In addition, her sister also worked at the corporate office. Robin owned a clothing store and Will was in construction.
“We were looking for something else to do, something new,” she said.
After visiting friends and family in Oxford, they decided that it was the right spot for their first restaurant.
Chicken Salad Chick sells 12 chicken salads in traditional, savory, fruity & nutty and spicy styles; along with pimento cheese and egg salad. A variety of other green salads, sides and soups also are offered, along with “signature sandwiches” like turkey club and turkey pesto, chicken salad BLT and pimento cheese BLT.
Clayton said the restaurant will initially employ 40-50 people.