January 14, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - Holly Springs' first Zaxby's restaurant is now open. Licensee Marcus Gilchrist, who currently plays strong safety for the San Diego Chargers football team, opened the doors to the new location in mid-December. The new restaurant is located at 101 Grand Hill Place, next to Target. A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings, this location operates from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Gilchrist is a native of High Point, NC and has been an admirer of Zaxby's since attending Clemson University. "It's a fantastic opportunity to be involved with a brand you have been in love with since young adulthood," said Gilchrist. "Zaxby's has built its reputation and loyal following by providing excellent service and great-tasting food, and we are carrying on that tradition with this new, convenient location."
The new 3,847-square-foot location seats 92 in Zaxby's unique design - floor-to-ceiling brick walls, modernized tables and booths, all complemented by an eclectic mix of photography. Zaxby's also offers drive-thru services to meet the needs of customers on the go.
Gilchrist was introduced to the opportunity to become a Zaxby's licensee by his business manager, Travis Kelley. Kelley, President of The Providence Group Sports & Entertainment, LLC., is a resident of Holly Springs, and saw the neighborhood as a perfect fit for Zaxby's. "As a long-time resident of the area I have seen Holly Springs and the surrounding communities really explode over the past decade or so. The vitality of this area is extremely strong and we expect it to only blossom even more over time. It's important to us to build strong relationships within this community and become deeply rooted in it."
The new location is the ninth for Wake County, and the 62nd for the Tar Heel State.
Zaxby's currently operates more than 595 locations in 14 states - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
An alternative to fast food, Zaxby's offers prepared-at-order chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads. Zaxby's most popular items are its hand-breaded Chicken Fingerz and Traditional or Boneless Wings, smothered in a choice of nine sauces with names like Wimpy, Tongue Torch, Nuclear and Insane.
The menu also offers innovative Zappetizers like Tater Chips, Spicy Fried Mushrooms and Fried White Cheddar Bites, as well as a variety of Party Platterz perfect for any family gathering or special occasion.
Zaxby's also offers four salads, or Zalads: The House, The Blue, The Caesar and its newest addition The Cobb. All of Zaxby's Zalads offer more chicken, unique ingredients, such as French-fried onions, fresh veggies and juicy tomatoes, and are larger than most salads offered elsewhere. Each is prepared with chicken, three kinds of lettuce and a variety of toppings. Zalads are assembled at the time the order is placed, versus being pre-made and stored in a cooler.
Additionally, Zaxby's offers a new line of premium milkshakes including the popular Birthday Cake and Banana Pudding Milkshakes and the new Chocolate Cookie Milkshake. They are rich and creamy, hand-blended, and are topped with whipped cream.
An alternative to fast food, Zaxby's offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley hatched the Athens, Ga.-based chain in 1990 to provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere that would keep guests coming back for more. Zaxby's ranked number one in the chicken segment and number five in the nation for total sales by Technomic in the 2012 Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report. Consumers ranked Zaxby's as the Most Craveable Fast Casual in America, in Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics program, and the chain was listed as one of the 12 Best Franchise Deals in 2013 by QSR Magazine. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby's is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish®. The company operates more than 595 locations in 14 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. For more information, please visit zaxbys.com, zaxbysfranchising.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.