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July 25, 2023

The fast-growing chicken chain is proud to be recognized on NRN’s prestigious list

ATHENS, GA / ACCESSWIRE / July 14, 2023 / Zaxby’s, the popular QSR chicken franchise known for its craveable food, encore experiences, and exceptional culture, has landed at #39 on Nation’s Restaurant News Top 500 Restaurants list.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to score such an impressive ranking on NRN’s Top 500 Restaurants list. It’s the go-to publication for entrepreneurs looking for restaurant franchise opportunities,” says Zaxby’s CEO Bernard Acoca. “It is a huge honor to be recognized for our growth and resilience, as we continue to expand our brand across the nation.”

Not only did Zaxby’s make the esteemed Top 500 list, but also cracked the Top 50 with a prime spot at #39. 2022 saw the chicken franchise chart $2.4 billion in systemwide sales with a year-over-year growth of nearly 10%.

Nation’s Restaurant News Top 500 Restaurants appears annually, partnering with Datassential to compile the prestigious list. Considered the industry’s leading barometer gauging restaurant success, inclusion on the list is a feather in a brand’s cap. 2022 proved promising as the restaurant industry rebounded from a few tough years. In 2021, 91% of Top 500 chains saw sales growth, with the industry’s footprint stabilizing in 2022. Americans still want to eat at restaurants despite economic uncertainties.

Zaxby’s has more than 900 locations and is the fastest-growing chicken chain in the country. For more information about franchising with Zaxby’s, market availability, and support, contact the franchising team at

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Jennifer Williams, 919-459-3592, [email protected]

About Zaxby’s

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Athens, Georgia, Zaxby’s is a quick-service restaurant franchise. For 30 years, Zaxby’s has filled its table with people who share the vision of “enriching lives”. The Brand is famous for fingerz and sauces, but also serves wings, zalads and sandwiches. Zaxby’s has grown to more than 900 locations in 17 states and has plans to open hundreds more restaurants across the United States in the next five years. Zaxby’s has been ranked a top franchise on Entrepreneur’s esteemed Franchise 500 list each year since 2013. As of 2021, Zaxby’s earned its designation as a five-star VetFran partner, highlighting the brand’s commitment to support and incentivize franchise ownership among veterans.

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SOURCE: Zaxby’s

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