First Zaxby's in Jacksonville Hatched Sept. 8

New Restaurant Provides Prepared-at-Order Chicken in a Casual Dining Atmosphere

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Sept. 3, 2014 - A Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby's is opening its first location in Jacksonville, owned and operated by Guardian Foodservices, on Monday, Sept. 8. Located at 4120 Western Blvd. Extension across from the Patriot 12 movie theatre, the restaurant will operate 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

"Since opening our New Bern location, there have been continuous requests for a Zaxby's in Jacksonville and we saw the area as an obvious choice for expansion," said Vince Andracchio, president of Guardian Foodservices. "There is nothing like Zaxby's in Onslow County and we're excited to bring this product to our soldiers and the community that supports them."

With seating for 88, the new 3,700 square-foot location will feature Zaxby's unique interior design - a bright, open interior décor complemented by vintage prints and customized with Camp Lejeune memorabilia. Zaxby's also offers drive-thru services to meet the needs of customers on the go.

"We've assembled a great group of more than 30 team members who will deliver on the Zaxby's mission to 'consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,'" said Andracchio. "We believe the restaurant – from the atmosphere to the service – will exceed community expectations."

The first in Onslow County, the new restaurant is the second for Guardian Foodservices, who also owns the Zaxby's in New Bern. Zaxby's currently operates more than 625 locations in 15 states - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah 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.

Jacksonville Zaxby's guests will enjoy The Coca-Cola Company's proprietary drink fountain, Coca-Cola Freestyle®. The sleek, stylish fountain is touch-screen operated, enabling guests to select from more than 100 regular and low-calorie brands – including many varieties of waters, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages that were not available in the U.S. prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle®.

The menu 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 are prepared with chicken, three kinds of lettuce, interesting ingredients – such as French-fried onions – fresh veggies and juicy tomatoes, and are larger than most salads served elsewhere. 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.

About Zaxby's

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. Consumers ranked Zaxby's as the Most Craveable Fast Casual in America, in Technomic's Consumer Brand Metrics program for 2013 and 2014, and QSR Magazine listed the chain as one of the 12 Best Franchise Deals in 2013, as well as a Top 30 Best Fast Food Restaurant. 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 625 locations in 15 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. For more information, please visit zaxbys.com, zaxbysfranchising.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.

SOURCE Zaxby's

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Jamey Ivey
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