February 16, 2017 // Franchising.com // Auburn, AL - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, was recognized as the No. 1 fastest-growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2017 Bulldog 100 Celebration on Feb. 4 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA graduates.
Chicken Salad Chick, led by CEO Scott Deviney, operates 65 restaurants and has sold 146 franchises in eight states, selling chicken salad in more than 12 flavor profiles. In 2016, Chicken Salad Chick landed at No. 37 on Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the United States, with a growth rate of more than 6,000 percent in the past three years. Deviney received his degree in economics from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 1995.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the UGA Alumni Association as leading the fastest growing business owned or operated by a UGA graduate,” said Deviney. “I’m thrilled to have shared the stage with other UGA alumni who lead prosperous enterprises from several industries across the nation.”
Approximately 490 nominations were submitted for the 2017 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including real estate, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year’s Bulldog 100 businesses was 44 percent.
Chicken Salad Chick puts an edgy twist on a Southern classic, offering guests a "custom fit" chicken salad experience, with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly-baked desserts. Chicken Salad Chick serves southern style chicken salad with heart and strives to spread joy, enrich lives and serve others every day. Today, the brand has more than 65 locations across the Southeast, and has currently sold 146 franchises to be developed across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. The brand was recently named as the top chicken salad in the country to try in the 2015 March/April issue of Cooking with Paula Deen, as well as one of FastCasual.com's top Movers and Shakers and one of NRN's 2015 Breakout Brands. Chicken Salad Chick also ranked #37 on Inc.'s annual list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Corporate offices are located at 724 North Dean Road in Auburn, Alabama. See www.chickensaladchick.com for additional information.
The UGA Alumni Association supports the academic excellence, best interests and traditions of Georgia’s flagship university by inspiring engagement through relevant programming, enhanced connections and effective communications. For more information, see www.alumni.uga.edu.
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