Homegrown business Chicken Salad Chick continues to expand - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Homegrown business Chicken Salad Chick continues to expand

Brown learned quickly that it was against the law to sell homemade chicken salad from her home. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Brown learned quickly that it was against the law to sell homemade chicken salad from her home. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Brown opened her first store in Auburn in 2008. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Brown opened her first store in Auburn in 2008. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
In mid-September Chicken Salad Chick will open a new flagship store at 1345 Opelika Road in Auburn.  (Source: WSFA 12 News) In mid-September Chicken Salad Chick will open a new flagship store at 1345 Opelika Road in Auburn. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) -

Chicken Salad Chick has come a long way from its humble beginnings in Stacy Brown's home kitchen.

Brown learned quickly that it was against the law to sell homemade chicken salad from her home. The health department shut her down.

"I had a need to earn a living after a divorce. I had three children at the time," Brown said.

She opened her first store in Auburn in 2008. Six years later, she now has more than 20 locations with many more in the works.

"We have 85 actually in total to develop, and we just opened our 22nd store in Alpharetta, Georgia. That was the second Atlanta location. We also have Huntsville and Savannah. They're about to open very soon, and we have Birmingham," Brown said.

A new store is also set to open where it all began. In mid-September Chicken Salad Chick will open a new flagship store at 1345 Opelika Road in Auburn. Brown says there will be great parking and a large drive-thru.

It's closer to Opelika than the Auburn location. The current Auburn and Opelika stores will close when the new location opens. Chicken Salad Chick also announced expanded hours for the new Auburn location. It will be open from 11-8 Monday through Friday and Saturday from 11-4. It's closed Sundays.

The new store will train all Chicken Salad Chick managers and be the test site for new dishes.

There are also plans to open a store on campus.

Brown sees the restaurant's possibilities as limitless and gave advice on her recipe for success.

"If you are passionate about it, then do it! If it's your passion, then you do it well and you succeed," Brown said.

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