Slim Chickens passed that revenue milestone in 2018, says company CEO and co-founder Tom Gordon. That figure might put the fast-casual restaurant chain, based in Fayetteville, on Arkansas Business’ list of 75 largest private companies in the state when next it’s published.
The chain, founded in 2003, now has 81 stores, 19 of them corporate-owned. Gordon says that when opening corporate stores, the company focuses on northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas City. “Corporate strategy is that we are opportunistic in those three areas of the country,” he said. “We need to finish building out Tulsa and Kansas City. Those are the two focuses right now. But as good opportunities show up, we take them.
“The Bentonville location is a good example of that,” he said. “That development came together nicely. It’s where the town’s growing. We made a very efficient, effective deal there and we’re anxious to be there. And that will be the 20th corporate store.” At 1400 S.E. Eagle Way, it is Slim Chickens’ first store in Bentonville.
Gordon updated Whispers on the Slim Chickens story in a recent phone interview.
Slim Chickens is now in 14 states and two foreign countries, Kuwait and the United Kingdom. In the U.K., it has two locations in London — the second was scheduled to open this month — and one in Cardiff, Wales.
Those locations in the U.K. are doing big business, Gordon says. He expects to end 2019 with six restaurants there.
Is the goal for the company still 600 restaurants by 2025? “Absolutely.”