Dave’s Hot Chicken Bringing 12 Units to Charlotte
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Dave’s Hot Chicken Bringing 12 Units to Charlotte

Multi-Unit Operating Group Signs Agreement with Fan-Favorite Nashville Hot Chicken Concept to Open Locations Throughout the Queen City

September 10, 2021 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dave’s Hot Chicken, the Los Angeles-based street food sensation turned breakthrough fast-casual brand, announced today it has inked a franchise agreement with Nick and Nicole Smith and Jordan Washburn to open 12 locations in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Nick is an established restaurant operator with an impressive portfolio within the franchising space,” said Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken. “I am excited to bring him aboard Dave’s and grow our presence throughout the Charlotte area.”

“The energy behind Dave’s Hot Chicken right now is contagious and, of course, the food has earned a cult-like following across the country, but those weren’t the only reasons I wanted to introduce the brand to the Charlotte community,” said Smith. “The franchisee community behind the brand is so dedicated and passionate, and that was something we definitely wanted to be a part of. My experience with high-profile brands like Jersey Mike’s has prepared me and my team well for this new endeavor.”

Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and multi-unit expertise to Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Prior to joining the brand, he owned and operated several prosperous franchises including Jersey Mike’s, Moe’s, Mama Fu’s Asian House and Monkey Joe’s.

“With the addition of Nick’s signed agreement to grow Dave’s Hot Chicken in Charlotte, we’re continuing to build momentum for the brand,” said Shannon Swenson, VP of Franchise Development at Dave’s Hot Chicken. “Nick’s vast experience in the franchising industry makes him the perfect candidate to bring this concept to Charlotte.”

Founded by classically-trained chef Dave Kopushyan and three friends in early 2017, Dave’s Hot Chicken initially opened as a parking lot pop-up, with lines quickly wrapping around the block.

Specializing in hot chicken tenders and sliders, with spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Reaper,” each restaurant also serves sides of house-made Kale Slaw, creamy Mac & Cheese and crispy Fries or Cheese Fries.

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