The Red Chickz secures first San Diego location in expansion plan.

Popular Nashville-style hot chicken chain, The Red Chickz, is setting its sights on an aggressive expansion plan that will see the establishment of multiple locations opening up in San Diego. The chain, which was founded in 2018 by an Iranian immigrant, Shawn Lalehzarian, has already earned an impressive social media following, including over one million followers on TikTok.

After announcing their franchising plan in 2021, the company has since signed up to 18 units to open in the coming year, with more than a dozen deals in the pipeline in densely-populated areas in California and Houston, Texas. The Red Chickz is now actively looking for spaces to open in San Diego, having recently secured a lease for its first area location at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, taking over the space that once housed Pluck U.

The company is expected to open at least three outlets in San Diego under the leadership of franchisee Mattie Shlemon. Like other Nashville hot chicken chains, customers can expect a menu of fried chicken tenders and sandwiches at varying spice levels, as well as fried shrimp, tacos, bone-in chicken and waffles, chicken & French Toast, and even vegetarian dishes with cauliflower.

The Red Chickz plans to open its first San Diego location as early as this summer at 2525 El Camino Real, Suite 217, in Carlsbad. For more information, visit and check out the restaurant’s menu on their website.

Lalehzarian, who previously worked in many different roles in the restaurant industry for well-known brands like Wolfgang Puck, Starbucks, Pinkberry, California Pizza Kitchen, and Chili’s, is excited at the prospect of expanding The Red Chickz brand, which has become famous for its Nashville-style hot chicken.

With the franchise model increasingly proving to be a valuable strategy for growth among food chains in recent years, The Red Chickz expansion comes at an ideal time for the company, which has established itself as a key player within the Nashville hot chicken niche. The planned expansion could also lead to new job opportunities and further economic growth within the cities where the company has set its sights.

So for those foodies and chicken aficionados based in San Diego, exciting Nashville-style hot chicken awaits. Make sure to check out The Red Chickz for its authentic and spicy menu offerings.

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