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Big Chicken Chalking Up Historic First

Shaquille O’Neal Owned Chicken Concept Marks Another Milestone with Opening of First Franchise Location

August 08, 2022 // // MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Big Chicken is achieving a brand milestone with the opening of its first franchise location.

The first franchise location is set to open on August 11 at Austin Landing, the Dayton, Ohio area’s premier mixed-use retail, restaurant and entertainment destination.

Under the ownership of restaurant industry veterans and multi-unit, multi-brand franchisees Steve Christensen, Reid Richards and Mike Craddick, it will be the first of three Dayton-area locations to open. Collectively, the trio have owned and operated more than 30 franchised restaurant locations and have more than 60 years of combined industry experience.

“We could not be more excited to introduce Big Chicken to the Dayton area. As a brand that stands apart from all others, and is already making waves, it’s a privilege to be opening its first franchised location in a market with such potential,” said Craddick, who has run restaurants in the area for more than a decade. “The hype in the community is building and we know locals will be blown away by the unique and delicious menu items we have in store.”

With office space and hotels in the venue, Big Chicken takes its place alongside a wide variety of national and local brands at a major hub for locals.

Offerings at the new location will feature a curated taste of Shaquille O’Neal’s childhood, including specialty crispy chicken sandwiches like The Shaq Attack (pepper jack cheese, jalapeño slaw, and spicy chipotle barbecue sauce), M.D.E. Chicken (Shaq Sauce, chicken breast and B&B Pickles) and Uncle Jerome (Nashville hot chicken, mayo and pickles). These dynamic sandwiches can be paired with a variety of signature sides including fresh fries and mac n’ cheese.

“This is an incredible moment for Big Chicken. My inspiration was always in sharing delicious food with family and friends, and seeing our first franchise opening feels like we are accomplishing just that,” said O’Neal. “Steve, Reid and Mike are great teammates… can’t wait to see them grow our brand in Ohio!”

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