Long-time Phoenix company to build 32 Slim Chickens locations


The leaders of a long-standing Phoenix company, Barnett Management Company, have signed an agreement with Thin Chickens to launch 32 restaurants in Arizona over 10 years as an exclusive operator in the state.

Barnett Management Company plans to open the first site in the West Valley, with potential sites near Loop 101 and Northern Avenue, by the end of 2022, then open two to three per year for 10 years in statewide, including Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma. . They are looking for 1 to 2 acre lots to accommodate porch dining and three-lane drive-throughs near freeways in high traffic areas. The restaurants, which offer chicken fillets, chicken sandwiches, 17 house sauces and even fried okra and pickles, will be open seven days a week.

Barnett Management Company, which was started in 1979 with a single Burger King location in Phoenix, currently owns over 50 Burger King locations in Arizona and has received the National Franchisee of the Year award from Burger King Corp. in 2014. As an award. , owner and CEO Tom Barnett won a Corvette and Rolex watch, which he quickly sold to offer bonuses to his managers. Barnett Management partners also poured their own money into the cash pool to create a total of $ 120,000 in employee bonuses. News of Barnett converting his grand prize into cash and rewarding his employees quickly spread, turning into viral media coverage from coast to coast. Example of cover: Time, People, ABC News, Grub Street, and the Republic of Arizona.

Arizona Slim Chickens restaurants will be managed by Barnett and Shane Jacobs, partner of Barnett Management and the new restaurant, called AZ Slims.

“We strongly believe in investing in our people and in treating people well,” Barnett said. “In our 42 years of operating Burger Kings in Arizona, all of our managers have started at lower positions and worked their way up. Everyone gets involved and cares about each other. This philosophy has brought us great success and we expect Slim Chickens in Arizona to do very well with this approach.

Slim Chickens, based in Arkansas, has a strategic multi-unit franchise growth initiative. The “better-chicken” brand has opened more than 140 branches in the United States and the United Kingdom. With over 650 locations in development, the brand’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

“Slim Chickens is one of the fastest growing restaurant brands in the country,” said Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “I brought this opportunity to Tom Barnett because he was highly recommended as an outstanding multi-unit operator. I couldn’t be more excited about our partnership and brand expansion in Arizona with the Barnett team! ”

Jacobs, who has 20 years of fast food restaurant experience and serves on several Burger King Corp. national boards of directors, plans innovations for the Arizona locations.

Slim Chickens restaurants include porch dining, as community dining is an important part of the brand. To accommodate the Arizona weather, Jacobs encloses the porch in premium glass sliding doors to open in pleasant weather with misters and fans and close in the summer, cooling with the air. air conditioner. Interiors will feature a modern design with hardwood floors.

Jacobs also plans to add a third lane in the drive-thru, which he calls an “emergency lane.” For drive-thru customers with a small order, a runner will bring their food to the car and then they can quickly exit the drive-thru without having to stand in line. The driveways will also include permanent siding attached to the building wide enough to provide shade for six to eight cars with foggers and lights. Several employees will work in the drive-thru lines to ensure they move quickly.

“There are many other quick service restaurants that want to offer innovations, such as a ‘back-up route’, but renovating an existing building to add another route is expensive. We will be opening Slim Chickens in Arizona with these improvements on day one, ”said Jacobs. “A three-lane drive-thru requires a high volume of traffic and we are confident that Arizona customers will generate this demand. “

Barnett and Jacobs match Slim Chickens’ mold for business partners, the chicken restaurant said.

“We know other Burger King operators and they all praise Tom and his team. When we heard the story surrounding its Franchisee of the Year award, we weren’t in the least surprised. He truly is a servant leader, ”said Sam Rothschild, COO and partner of Slim Chickens Development Company. “Earlier this year we walked into a Burger King restaurant in Arizona with Tom and a longtime employee greeted him with a hug – it’s extremely rare for a restaurateur with more than 50 locations to know his employees at this. level. We continue to be impressed with Tom and Shane’s approach to working with people. This will lead them to great success with Slim Chickens.

Barnett names three essential traits of a successful employee: character, ability and attitude. He identifies talents and then frees them to flourish. As a result, the average tenure of their Burger King CEOs is 10 years, higher than many others in the industry.

Jacobs started his career at Burger King at the age of 16, working in the kitchen. He became a partner in the company during his 10e year in the company. Barnett calls him a “master of the industry” because his technological expertise has been essential to Barnett Management’s information systems and he also works well with people.

In July 2021, Jacobs and other executives visited the Slim Chickens headquarters in Fayetteville, Ark. to work as a crew member in a restaurant for a week. They will return for six more weeks of training before opening their first site in Arizona. At that time, Slim Chickens Headquarters will transport a team of long-term employees to help with the first Grand Opening in Arizona for a week before and for a week after, or until the local team feel comfortable with operations.

Contact Brad Flahiff at [email protected] to discuss Arizona Slim Chickens real estate opportunities.

About the Barnett Management Company

Barnett Management Company is a family owned and operated Burger King franchise with over 50 restaurants in Arizona. The company has been around since 1979, when Tom Barnett opened his first Burger King restaurant. We pride ourselves on serving our customers hot and fresh food, quickly and in a clean and friendly environment. We are always looking for exceptional people to help our restaurant staff and advance their careers through our continued growth. Visit Barnett Management Company.

About thin chickens

Thin chickens, a leading fast casual franchise offering restaurant and drive-thru services in the “best chicken” segment, opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Offering high-quality cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and delicious ingredients, the brand prides itself on its southern flair and commitment to hospitality, all in a fast-paced, relaxed setting. The food is cooked to order and the differentiated menu includes chicken fillets, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique sides, as well as 17 homemade dips.

Today there are over 140 Slim Chickens locations open and 650 restaurants in development. The brand, which recently launched a strategic multi-unit franchise growth initiative to reach 700 units in 10 years, targets qualified and experienced multi-unit groups to expand into dynamic markets across the country.

For more information on the Slim Chickens franchise opportunity, visit slimchickensfranchise.com.


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