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July 19, 2024

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Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken Restaurant Coming to Nashville

The fast-casual restaurant featuring the favorite foods of basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is coming to Tennessee.

Big Chicken will slam dunk its way into Tennessee soon as Shaquille O’Neal’s fast food concept expands.

The fast food chicken chain started in 2018 from the NBA icon. The restaurant operates in 10 states, with more on the horizon.

Ten locations are planned for Tennessee in Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga, according to a news release. The specifics on when and where are not yet available.

The restaurant is known both for O’Neal’s presence and the menu, which includes items like the Big and Sloppy, Crispy Chicken Grilled Cheese and (of course) the Popcorn Chicken.

NBA basketball star Shaquille O'Neal founded the Big Chicken franchise in 2018.

“The food, service and overall experience at Big Chicken are truly unmatched and as someone who’s lived in the area for over 40 years, I’m confident we’ll become a quick hit for folks in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga,” said Richards, who signed on to open ten locations across the state.

Since the announcement of Big Chicken’s franchising initiative just one year ago, the brand has more than 150 locations in its development pipeline. With its first franchised location set to open this August in Dayton, Ohio, additional upcoming franchise expansion includes new restaurants in Illinois, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Idaho, Utah and Nevada.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.