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This Major Fast-Food Chain Is Finally Coming to Texas

The first of 25 planned locations will open in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texans may be all about their Chick-fil-A's sandwiches and Raising Cane's chicken fingers, but another major chicken chain will soon become competition as it breaks ground in the Lone Star State. The Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas will be welcoming more than 25 new Bojangles restaurants in 2022, marking the chicken-and-biscuit chain's inaugural appearance in the southern state.

Continuing on its expansion mission across the country, the Charlotte-based chain announced plans to open the first Dallas-Fort Worth locations in the first three months of next year. More locations will continue opening during the first half of the year, according to The Charlotte Observer.

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The new restaurants will be a combination of company-owned locations and franchised ones. Bojangles announced it has struck a new expansion deal with two operators: SAT Restaurant Group, LLC, which will open three locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, and LASH Foods, which will open the same amount of restaurants in Houston.

The chain currently has more than 700 restaurants primarily across the Southeast, and has been on a growth spurt. In May, the company announced two 85-location expansion deals with new and existing operators.

The first deal, penned with Jeff Rigsby in March, will see the brand expand by 45 locations on a seven-year timeline. Rigsby is a veteran of the Bojangles brand, having been a franchisee for 20 years, and currently operates over 90 locations in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The new locations, plus 16 existing restaurants which he is acquiring, will make him the largest franchisee of the chain. The deal will also bring Bojangles restaurants to Columbus, Ohio for the very first time.

Another 40 locations have just been announced in the chain's deal with Chaac Foods Restaurants, an operator behind 135 Pizza Hut, as well as some Panda Express and Applebee's locations. Chaac Foods plans to open 20 new stores in Georgia, five in Tennessee, and 15 in the Orlando, Florida area, which will be a homecoming for the brand that's been absent from the southern city since 2015.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is a Deputy Editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more