Shaq’s ‘Big Chicken’ Franchise Plans To Open 12 Locations in Arizona

By on June 16, 2022 0 1049Views

Big Chicken, the star-powered, fast casual chicken restaurant franchise founded by basketball Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal, recently announced that the brand is coming to Arizona. Big Chicken’s first location is set to open this fall and local franchisee owners have established plans to open at least 12 locations in the state.

The menu will feature Big Chicken’s exclusive NAKED TRUTH® Premium Chicken, which is preservative free and humanely raised (cage free) with no hormones or antibiotics. Crispy and grilled options feature Shaq-sized flavor in signature sandwiches and salads.

In addition, the restaurant reportedly also has a cookie with a circumference of a NBA basketball.

“Big Chicken has been a dream of mine,” said O’Neal. “Seeing the guests’ response to our food has been so rewarding. I can’t wait to bring Big Chicken to Southern California and let more people experience the best chicken sandwich in the world.”


Arizona franchisee owners have agreed to open at least 12 Big Chicken locations in Arizona over the next couple of years.

The chain’s first location to open in Arizona will be in the city of Gilbert. The Gilbert restaurant is planning for a fall opening in September or October. This location will l have a full-service bar. Big Chicken will be renovating the former Pomo Pizzeria location located in the Heritage District.

Queen Creek is another market they are targeting first, with a location in Chandler or in the Camelback Corridor area next.


Founded in 2018, Big Chicken is backed by a dream team of partners; JRS Hospitality, an accomplished Las Vegas-based ownership group; Authentic Brands Group, a multinational, multi-billion-dollar brand development, marketing and entertainment company; and Hall of Fame basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. Big Chicken fuses O’Neal’s home-cooked childhood favorites with today’s trending flavors. From crispy chicken sandwiches and tenders to Cheez-It® crusted mac n’ cheese and hand-crafted ice cream shakes, each menu item tells a story all while offering guests an inside look into the life and personality of Shaquille O’Neal.

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