Founded by a Team
In the South, football has an infamous reputation for uniting local communities by giving different people a common cause. Josh Rowden, DHR partner and franchisee, grew up in a SEC state, surrounded by people who believed in the importance of having a team both on and off the field.
One of those people was his father, who co-owns and operates 31 Sonic Drive-In’s across Arkansas and beyond.
“People who are born and raised in the restaurant industry either hate it or love it. And, you know, I fell in love with it, seeing my dad do it for so long and watching him influence people in unique ways,” Rowden says.
With a passion for football and youth development, Rowden graduated from college at the University of Arkansas fully prepared to accept a coaching position at a school not far from his hometown. His plans changed after dining in at Slim Chickens, a Fayetteville-based franchise known for its fresh hand-breaded chicken tenders.
“At different times in our lives, my partners and I all commented, ‘This chicken is so good. We should think about owning one of these one day,’” Rowden says.
They took it as a sign. Years later, Rowden and his partners, Cody and Scott Davis, are opening Slim Chickens in cities like Collierville, Bartlett, Jackson, Knoxville and Chattanooga. They operate under the DHR group, which was founded by their fathers.
The Fast Casual Trend
Instinctively, DHR realized there was a new restaurant model on the rise.
“We discovered there was a need for a place like Slim Chickens that offered fresh food in a fast, casual environment,” Rowden says.
Slim Chickens’ family-style seating, bright lighting and open patio all contribute to this aesthetic. Southern staples, like fried pickles and chicken and waffles, add another personal touch.
“I quickly realized that I could coach in a business model as well and impact people who I otherwise would not have the opportunity to impact,” Rowden says.
Rowden is the one leading the way for Slim Chickens’ Collierville location. Opening this spring, Slim Chickens will bring around 100 jobs to the area.
“Our motto is that ‘people make the difference.’ And we put all our money, time, effort and other resources into our staff because we truly believe that,” Rowden says.
Among its employees, Slim Chickens is known for its flexible hours, family-oriented environment and growth opportunities.
“Working at Slim Chickens, you have the chance to be a part of something that’s experiencing a tremendous amount of growth. The personal connections and professional opportunities that will come from that are invaluable,” Rowden says.
Slim Chickens will be conducting open interviews for its new Collierville location at the Southaven Chamber of Commerce during the following days:
- Tuesday, 12/22 Interviews 10 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday, 12/23 Interviews 9 am to 2 pm
- Tuesday, 12/29 Interviews 12 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday, 12/30 Interviews 10 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday, 1/6 Interviews 9 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday, 1/13 Interviews 10 am to 5 pm
- Thursday, 1/14 Interviews 9 am to 1 pm
- Monday, 1/18 Interviews 9 am to 5 pm
- Tuesday, 1/19 Interviews 9 am to 5 pm
- Tuesday, 1/26 Interviews 10 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday, 1/27 Interviews 10 am to 5 pm
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Slim Chickens on its website here.
Slim Chickens will be located at 501 W Poplar Ave. Collierville, TN 38017. Follow Slim Chickens on Facebook here to receive more information about exclusive offers and upcoming events. Student and teacher discounts, Waffle Wednesdays and $1.99 kids meals on Sundays with the purchase of an adult meal are a few of the things you have to look forward to.