Chicken Salad Chick breaks ground in Milledgeville
The new Chicken Salad Chick building on North Columbia Street is beginning to take shape – literally.
Crews currently are grading the property and preparing to move forward with construction.
The location is 1901 North Columbia Street, located between the Little Caesars shopping plaza and the old Express Car Wash.
In recent years, Chicken Salad Chick has been a fast riser on the Milledgeville restaurant wish list. Now, it's actually happening. The Milledgeville location will be the third in middle Georgia, joining the one on Bass Road in Macon and the one on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins.
According to the architectural submissions, the building will clock in at just over 3,000 square feet and have seating for 82. A rendering of the building also was included...
Investing in a Chicken Salad Chick apparently isn't cheap. A company called RLM Land Holdings LLC previously purchased the property for $620,000. Meanwhile, according to company documents, the "estimated official investment" for a Chicken Salad Chick is between $562,000 and $740,000, not counting the property, which brings the total to well over $1 million.
Checking out the menu at the Macon location, there are 12 different chicken salad recipes, all of which come served on a bed of lettuce. The price point for The Chick Combo is $8.99 and includes a "scoop" of chicken salad plus either a side item, a bowl of soup or an extra "scoop" of chicken salad.
Judging by the menu, chicken salad has come a long way over the years. Here are all of the different variations at Chicken Salad Chick:
• Classic Carol – All white meat, shredded chicken, finely minced celery, mayonnaise, & our secret seasoning.
• Olivia’s Old South – A southern tradition combining sweet pickles & egg.
• Lauryn’s Lemon Basil – Our brightest flavor featuring chopped pecans, fresh basil, & lemon.
• Dixie Chick – An onion-lover’s delight! The only one with onions.
• Sassy Scotty – A zesty blend of ranch, bacon, & shredded cheddar cheese.
• Barbie-Q – A hickory smoked BBQ flavor that is sure to please.
• Fancy Nancy – Dress it up with Fuji apples, seedless grapes, & pecans.
• Fruity Fran – A refreshing blend of Fuji apples, seedless grapes, & pineapple.
• Cranberry Kelli – A mixture of dried, sweetened cranberries, & slivered almonds.
• Buffalo Barclay – Craving wings? This is definitely the choice for you.
• Jalapeno Holly – Whew!! The name says it all, diced jalapenos galore.
• Kickin’ Kay Lynne – ranch, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapenos, & Sriracha!
Three more options also are available with The Chick Combo – Egg Salad, Pimento Cheese and Spicy Pimento Cheese.
The side items, meanwhile, are Broccoli Salad, Grape Salad, Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit and Mac 'n Cheese. Rounding out the menu are two salads – Classic Salad and Seasonal Salad – as well as four sandwiches – Chicken Salad BLT, Pimento Cheese BLT, Turkey Club and Turkey Pesto.
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Chicken Salad Chick was started by an Alabama lady named Stacy Brown. As the story goes, Brown "started dropping off samples of her creation in teachers’ lounges and hair salons, and then began selling door-to-door. Orders poured in; Chicken Salad Chick was born. One day Stacy received a call from Stan with the Lee County Health Department, who told her the home business was illegal. With her chicken salad still in high demand, Stacy and her husband, Kevin Brown, were motivated to open up a carry-out only, humble yet honest-to-goodness restaurant where they could spread joy, enrich lives, and serve others. The rest, as they say, is history."
Based on the bio, Stan apparently was never completely forgiven, whoever Stan is.
According to this 2019 press release, Chicken Salad Chick: "Founded in Auburn, Alabama, in 2008, Chicken Salad Chick serves full-flavored, Southern-style chicken salad made from scratch and served from the heart...Today, the brand has more than 135 restaurants in 16 states and is continuing its rapid expansion with both franchise and company locations."
At last count, the company was up to roughly 280 locations in 19 states.
No target opening date has been given by the company for the Milledgeville location.