Zaxby’s Continues to Expand in Western U.S. with First Locations in Arizona

by Katie Lee

Athens, Ga. — Zaxby’s, a rapidly growing Athens, Ga.-based QSR franchise, now with over 930 locations, has recently signed a franchise development deal that will lead the company to enter its 21st state: Arizona.

“This is such an exciting time for us,” says Bert Lane, Zaxby’s vice president of development. “Not only are we seeing growth in our tried-and-true Mid-Atlantic states and Southeast, but we’re thrilled to expand our footprint in the western part of the United States.”

This year alone, Zaxby’s has sold 51 new locations and is on pace to surpass 950 new units by the end of the fiscal year.

Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Brian and Jessica Nelson are opening the new territory in Phoenix. They plan to develop 6 locations in the next 5 years in the East Valley of Phoenix, which encompasses the Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa areas. Current plans call for the first store to open in fall 2024, with the second in spring 2025, and four more locations by 2027.

Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Athens, Ga., Zaxby’s is a quick-service restaurant franchise. Over 30+ years, 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 5 years.

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SOURCE: Zaxby’s

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