Slim Chickens moves headquarters in Fayetteville, plans for 70 new restaurants in 2024


Fayetteville-based restaurant chain Slim Chickens recently moved its company headquarters from one side of Millsap Road to the other.

The difference, however, is the new building is about three and a half times the size of the old one.

The company in June purchased the 35,700-square-foot building at 234 E. Millsap Road for $6.4 million, according to Washington County property records. The company’s former space at 1088 E. Millsap Road was just over 10,000 square feet in size, records show.

In a July interview with the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, CEO and co-founder Tom Gordon said the plan is to occupy over half the new building and lease the remaining space.

A majority of the building was vacated last year when the Kutak Rock law firm moved into a new space on Joyce Boulevard.

Gordon told the business journal the company had outgrown its old space and it was time to expand.

Slim Chickens has grown by 70% in the last three years, opening one new restaurant a week for a total of 250 locations across the world.

In its 20th anniversary year, Slim Chickens opened 53 new stores in 2023. It has plans for 70 more locations in 2024 with over 1,200 in the pipeline, according to a recent press release.

New stores are being planned in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and the GCC.

Slim Chickens was founded in Fayetteville in 2003. The original location is still in business on North College Avenue. It serves chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings, and a variety of sides and sauces.