Big Chicken

The Big Chicken franchise is a new franchise concept that is serving your childhood favorites but adding a twist. The company’s menu includes its signature item: Lucille’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, which has a crispy Cheez-It crust. The menu also includes mouthwatering chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders anyone can enjoy. The big draw to the brand is the fact that Hall of Fame star of the National Basketball Association, Shaquille O’Neal, is behind it. O’Neal began the company and partners with JRS Hospitality and Authentic Brands Group. The Big Chicken restaurant started accepting franchise applications earlier this year. Cost-wise, the initial investment ranges from $450,000 to $1.4 million. That includes the franchise fee, which comes in at a reasonable $40,000. In addition, there’s a 5% royalty on sales, along with a 2% marketing fee which will be used for both national and local marketing. Become an early investor and get in on this great restaurant  franchise opportunity.



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Big Chicken Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


The fast food industry is a multi-billion dollar business that is responsible for countless jobs. Celebrities have even cashed in on the fast food craze, like NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, who nows owns Big Chicken franchises. While it would be wonderful to own and operate one or more Big Chicken restaurant franchises, you need to make sure owning a food-service establishment is right for you. For instance, have you ever worked in and/or managed a restaurant?Are you in good shape? I hope so, because operating a restaurant is hard work, with 12-hour days being the norm. Especially at the beginning. That said, in a perfect world, you’ll eventually be able to back off and take on the role of “managing the managers.” Next, it’s important to have the money needed to open and operate your Big Chicken franchise. That includes having enough working capital on hand for inventory, payroll, taxes, and repayment of your small business loan. Finally, it’s not very often that a big celebrity gets behind a franchise. Especially someone like Shaq. A guy who knows business. With that in mind, maybe you can hitch a ride on his brand and become the owner of Shaq’s Big Chicken restaurant in your hometown. It just began franchising this year. The brand is looking for multi-unit franchisees.The initial investment for one franchise ranges from $450,000 to $1.4 million. Shaq opened a Big Chicken restaurant at the UBS Arena on November 20, 2021. Additionally, there are locations at the Climate Pledge Arena, home of the Kraken and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.

Company Details

Founding: 2018
First Franchise: 2021
Locations: 3 (Las Vegas, NV, and Glendale, CA)

Support and Training Offered By Big Chicken

In terms of training, the franchisee is offered 172 hours of on-the-job training. Additionally, there is also 56 hours worth of classroom training.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Big Chicken Franchise.

What does a Big Chicken Franchise Cost?

Big Chicken franchise fees for 2024:

Initial Franchise Fee: $40,000
Initial Investment: $653,000 - $1,567,000
Royalty Fee: 5%
Ad Royalty Fee: 1%
Term of Agreement: 10 years
Is the franchise term renewable?: Yes


Is Big Chicken a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Big Chicken is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Big Chicken a Home Based franchise?

No. Big Chicken is not a home based franchise opportunity.

Does Big Chicken Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Big Chicken franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Does Big Chicken Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. Big Chicken franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Big Chicken Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Big Chicken franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Big Chicken Looking for International franchisees?

No. Big Chicken franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Big Chicken's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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When evaluating a franchise opportunity, reading and understanding the current version of their FDD is a necessity. Considering the benefits of franchising, such as established brand recognition and support from the franchisor, it's important to also take into account franchise fees and franchising royalty fees. Since most franchisors are privately owned companies, the current versions of their FDDs are typically not available unless requested directly from them.

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Big Chicken Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Big Chicken franchises for sale. We may have Big Chicken franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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