Slim Chickens, an Arkansas-based fast casual chain, plans to step up  Dallas-Fort Worth development this year, beginning  next month with a location in Irving  at 3265 Regent Blvd.

Slim Chickens serves grilled and fried chicken tenders, wings, salads and wraps.

Franchisee Courtney Lindley also has a location under contract in McKinney and two additional leases in the works: one in Denton County  and one in Collin County. A separate franchisee group is developing western and southern D-FW.

“Our goal is to open 15 restaurants in the next 5 years but if it takes a little longer to find the right sites we will be patient,” said Lindley, whose company is opening the Irving restaurant.

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The brand already has seven North Texas locations, and most of them opened last year:

Dallas • 9100 N. Central Expy, 75231 

Frisco • 9770 Dallas Pkwy, 75033 

Plano • 6100 West Park Blvd, 75093

Hurst • 1420 Precinct Line Rd, 76053 

Ft. Worth • 5528 N. Tarrant Parkway, 76244

North Richland Hills • 9005 N. Tarrant Parkway, 76182

Weatherford • 1802 S Main St, 76086

 Lindley and his partner Bob Gregg own the Plano, Dallas,  and Frisco locations.

Franchisee Flint Harris was the first to develop the D-FW area. He owns Hurst, Ft. Worth, North Richland Hills, Weatherford and plans to open soon in Mansfield at 3600 East Broad St.

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