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Shaq opening chicken franchises in Texas, Florida


Basketball legend and serial entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal became a co-owner of Big Chicken in 2018 before introducing the restaurant chain to Las Vegas and California. Now, it appears Shaq is still on the move, reports AfroTech.

The Houston Chronicle reports Big Chicken will be opening 50 locations throughout Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The first restaurants are expected to open at an undisclosed date later this year.

“Big Chicken is exactly the kind of brand that succeeds in Texas: pioneering and bold, yet rooted in delicious tradition. Our restaurant industry’s rich diversity is our greatest strength, and we’re absolutely thrilled that Shaquille O’Neal and the Big Chicken team are joining us,” said Emily Williams Knight, president and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Welcome back home to Texas, Shaq.”

“Big Chicken wouldn’t be growing like it is without the team behind it,” O’Neal said. “My team has done a fantastic job making sure we’re growing in the right way, with the right people. Now, we’re going even BIGGER in Texas and I’m excited…”

But it appears Texas won’t be the only state that will welcome Big Chicken. Florida Insider reports Panhandle Restaurant Group signed a deal with Big Chicken. There will reportedly be 40 Big Chicken locations brought to the Sunshine state and the first spot is projected to arrive by early 2023.