Daddy’s Chicken Shack Revs Up Development in the Motor City, Announcing First Development Deal of 2023
Entrepreneurial Couple Signs First Agreement to Expand Brand into Michigan
January 25, 2023 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Daddy’s Chicken Shack is kicking off the new year with a newly signed regional development deal, this time in the untapped market of Detroit.
Daddy’s Chicken Shack announced its first development deal of 2023, which will bring 10 restaurants to southwest Detroit, from Dearborn to Ann Arbor. There are three other territories in the Detroit metro area still available for Regional Development. This agreement follows a momentous year for the fast casual chicken concept, having ended 2022 with nine multi-unit agreements and over 120 units in development. Now, Daddy’s Chicken Shack is on track to open its first franchise locations during the first quarter, in Scottsdale, Denver and Orlando.
Such impressive growth has garnered the attention of a local entrepreneurial couple whose agreement details a 10-unit territory across Detroit, with a specific aim to target Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Ann Arbor communities. As the brand’s newest franchisees, Dr. Ali Hammoud and wife Mona bring a dynamic background of medical experience and business ownership to the table. The pair remains involved in their respective endeavors, but sought a new business venture to diversify their portfolio.
“We have always wanted to expand our business portfolio into the restaurant world and after seeing both the cult following and nationwide excitement Daddy’s has generated, we knew we had to explore the opportunity,” said Dr. Ali Hammoud. “My wife, Mona, and I wanted our next investment to be something that we wholeheartedly believe in, and that sentiment rings true for this brand. From the amazing food, to the dedicated leadership team and hands-on founders, every step of this process has made us eager to begin our journey in site selection. We’re honored to be joining such an amazing business, and we are looking forward to working together for many years to come.”
The Hammoud’s will oversee the site selection and development of their first location, as well as secure additional franchisees for the remaining sites in their market.
“It is fantastic to see the Daddy’s brand continue to enter new territories across the country. Michigan will act as a catalyst for future expansion in the Midwest, and that’s the kind of momentum we want to continue building on this year,” said Pace Webb, who serves as CEO and leads the brand with Chris Georgalas, her husband and president of the brand. “We have a strong pipeline for 2023, and Ali and Mona are the perfect candidates to help us kick off such exciting development. I can’t wait to see them flourish with our team while we continue to grow.”
With an emphasis on its elevated, chef-driven menu and highly advanced, tech-enabled operations, Daddy’s Chicken Shack now has locations in development throughout Florida, Texas, Colorado, California, Georgia and Arizona. Under the direction of Dr. Ben Litalien, CFE who serves as Chief Development Officer for Daddy’s, these locations are a result of several regional developer teams within the Daddy’s system. This chain of development deals was ignited by RE/MAX co-founder Dave Liniger, the majority investor in Daddy’s who is also a regional developer for markets in Phoenix and Denver. His first unit is slated for the Scottsdale region.
Launching in 2018, Daddy’s business model is deeply entrenched in technology. A brand ahead of the curve with front-end technology, the restaurant was designed to facilitate online ordering, app engagement, in-store web-enabled tech, exclusive pick-up areas and third-party delivery partnerships. Plus, Georgalas’ vision included a dynamic backend technology suite that fosters real-time data to better serve customers, employees and vendors.
With a regional development deal in place for the Hammoud’s, their immediate focus lies solely on the first location in Michigan. From there, they will begin actively marketing the franchise opportunity to qualified individuals who will carry on the Daddy’s Chicken Shack growth.
Ideal franchise candidates have a desire to provide quality, fresh ingredients to customers along with the idea of leveraging an unforgettable experience in bringing people together. The brand aims to attract individuals and groups with previous restaurant experience and who resonate with the brand’s values of bringing sunshine to communities by honoring inclusivity, good food and a memorable guest experience.
About Daddy’s Chicken Shack
Entrepreneurial duo Pace Webb and Chris Georgalas were inspired to open Daddy’s Chicken Shack in Pasadena, California after Webb’s chicken sliders became a huge hit at a catered celebrity party earlier in 2013. After seeing how guests loved and craved the double-battered, crispy chicken, the couple was inspired to grow Daddy’s and bring its unique flavors to more communities after its inception in 2018. Daddy’s Chicken Shack uniquely positions itself at the height of the market, aligning itself favorably with a commitment to tech-enabled operations, sustainability and unique flavors. Dave Liniger, co-founder of RE/MAX, has partnered with Webb and Georgalas to launch a strategic franchising initiative that is ideal for experienced, multi-unit restaurant developers.
About Daddy’s Franchising
The Daddy’s Chicken Shack Regional Developer Program provides qualified entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop a market with 1M or more in population by opening at least one location and having independent franchisees within the territory. Regional Developers derive income from soliciting qualified franchisees and ongoing support to independent franchisees within their territory.
To learn more about Daddy’s Chicken Shack, and its franchise opportunities, visit https://daddysfranchising.com/. For more information about the restaurant brand and its menu, visit https://daddyschickenshack.com/.
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