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Georgia chicken chain Zaxby’s to open 18 Utah locations


First Published Jun 28 2013 11:26 am • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:34 pm

Zaxby’s, a Georgia-based restaurant chain that features a fare of fried chicken foods, plans to open 18 Utah locations in the next five years under the management of a Nevada-based group.

Zaxby’s, which has more than 575 restaurants in 13 mostly southern states, is expanding its brand westward.

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It will do so in Utah in partnership with MJM 5G, which says it has operated 30 Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchises in California and Nevada under co-founders Mike Cummings and brothers Jeff and Ryan Howes.

The majority of Zaxby’s restaurants will be in the Salt Lake Valley.

"It’s a good fit for us," Zach McLeroy, CEO and co-founder of Zaxby’s, said in a statement. "MJM 5G has great franchise experience and people, and Utah is a wide-open market for fast-casual dining concepts.

"The regional economy is good. We’re expanding westward, and solidifying our brand foundation market by market as we go."

Zaxby’s offers prepared-at-order chicken fingers, traditional or boneless wings, sandwiches and salads, along with sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane.

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