Big Chicken, a fast casual chicken concept founded by Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, has signed a deal with H&D Group Investments to bring 20 locations to eastern Michigan, including Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Saginaw and Mount Pleasant. The first, located at 11476 North Linden Road, will open in early 2024.
“The team at H&D Group Investments are exactly the type of experienced operators we’re looking to grow with at Big Chicken,” Big Chicken CEO Josh Halpern said in a company press release. “They have an impressive track record of success in the highly competitive full service restaurant segment, and we’re thrilled to add them to our all-star team of franchisees as they introduce the first locations in Michigan and expand Big Chicken’s presence in the Midwest. Let’s GROW!”
The agreement will add to the 300-plus locations in development nationwide for the brand. It has locations open in Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Seattle; Houston; Gilbert, Arizona; Rosemont, Illinois and in the Dayton, Ohio region, as well as in metro-New York’s UBS Arena, The Comcast Center in Philadelphia, The Moody Center in Austin, ASU’s Mullett Arena, Palm Springs’ Acrisure Arena, St. Louis’s Busch Stadium, Kansas City International Airport and on three Carnival Cruise ships.