Slim Chickens Hires Franchise Development Director

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Slim Chickens Hires Franchise Development Director


Slim Chickens has hired Jackie Lobdell as the executive director of franchise development.

Lobdell is a multi-year award winning sales professional with over 25 years of experience, most recently serving as director of franchise development for Focus Brands, where she spearheaded the growth of McAllister's Deli through recruiting, awarding and onboarding new franchisees. During her tenure, Lobdell assisted McAllister's Deli in expanding its franchise system to more than 400 restaurants in 28 states, largely through multi-unit partners. In 2017 Lobdell was named Sales Person of the Year for Focus Brands.

..."Through my role in sales and development, it has been extremely rewarding to not only support and champion brands that are in growth mode, but to find strong individual and multi-unit franchisees that are excited to join and grow with us," she stated." I want to work for a team that motivates me and for a concept that I am passionate about and I immediately found that at Slim Chickens and with its management team."

The first Slim Chickens opened in Fayetteville, Ark., in 2003. Now with 72 locations open in 14 states and international locations in Kuwait and London, and an additional 250 units in the development pipeline, Slim Chickens is well on its way to achieving its goal of 600 restaurants by 2025.