What Is a Good Location for Hot Chicken Kitchen?

The premier hot chicken location works well anywhere there is an appetite for fried chicken and comfort food

With the National Chicken Council reporting that Americans not only prefer chicken as their number one choice of protein, but also choose it more times than they do any other protein when they dine out, the demand for new Hot Chicken Kitchen locations is just about limitless.

Close up photograph of freshly fried chicken, two pickles, and a side of mac and cheese and turnip greens

Our hot chicken restaurants can be opened as both freestanding locations and as locations in in-line strip centers — our preference is that locations have a drive-thru window to help make our restaurants more accessible to our customers and more profitable for our license owners. The business model is designed to suit a space, with a very flexible footprint, providing each of our locations with a uniqueness not only to the spaces we are in but also to the communities that love us. Some of our spaces have stages for entertainment, while others are more contained. The layout of a space is determined by the size of the population you’re serving, the hours you decide to keep as an owner and what will make your business most successful over the long-term.

“We can adapt to any space that has room for a full kitchen and a drive thru-window,” says Martin Tunnell, Vice President of Franchise Development and co-founder of Hot Chicken Kitchen. “We are very involved with helping you choose the perfect location for your business, not only with insight into the area but also by visiting the sites with you so you are not alone. Hot Chicken Kitchen is a versatile business model that works just as well as an end-cap location in a busy shopping center as it does as a freestanding location. We’ve been doing this for a long time, so we have the experience necessary to help a new owner find a location that will continue to grow in both value and in customers over the long-term. Our entire mission is to make you successful.”

A proven business model that is designed to help you succeed

Hot Chicken Kitchen is more affordable than other brands in the QSR, fast casual or even fast food segments, and from an investment standpoint, licensing is far safer than going into business on your own.

This is true for obvious reasons. We provide assistance and support to all new owners on an initial and ongoing basis to help you ensure that your business is successful. We provide assistance with every part of the process from site selection, lease negotiation and initial and ongoing training, help with build-out and recommending contractors. We want the process of going into business to be as easy as possible, helping you focus on opening your doors and growing sales.

Close up photograph of freshly fried chicken, two pickles, and a side of mac and cheese and turnip greens photographed next to the secret Traditional Hot spice blend used to make their hot chicken Of course, the success of your Hot Chicken Kitchen is ultimately up to you. We want to grow with enthusiastic entrepreneurs who are passionate about bringing the authentic hot chicken experience to their communities.

“To be successful with Hot Chicken Kitchen, you really only need to be passionate about our brand and determined to follow our practices,” Martin says. “We have a real opportunity to become the first name brand in hot chicken on a national level, and our success in Alabama and Michigan speaks volumes about the ease of our business model and the huge demand for hot chicken beyond Nashville. We’re excited to find the people who want to grow with us because we’re going to grow fast.”

Now is the time to bring Hot Chicken Kitchen to your community

Hot Chicken Kitchen is a low-cost investment opportunity with potential for high returns, with the total investment estimate to begin operations on a new hot chicken location ranging from $230,000 and $355,000. Because our build-out costs and ongoing overhead are lower than many other brands in the fast casual, QSR and fast food segments, Hot Chicken Kitchen offers a quicker ramp-up time, which allows for a potentially faster return on investment. The license fee for your Hot Chicken Kitchen is $25,000.

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