And the winners are…Chain Store Age’s 2020 Breakout Retailers Awards

Chain Store Age is proud to announce the winners of its Breakout Retailers Awards of 2020.

The annual awards, selected by the editorial board of Chain Store Age, honor retail, restaurant and specialty concepts that are innovative in their category and show strong potential for growth. Past winners include Warby Parker, b8ta, Sweetgreen, UNTUCKit, Indochino and Orangetheory Fitness to name a few.

“Retailers have to go the extra mile to stand out in today’s highly competitive and disrupted marketplace,” said Marianne Wilson, editor-in-chief, Chain Store Age. “In their own unique way, each of the five winning brands has done just that. Although the companies are widely diverse, they share an ability to engage and delight customers, online, in-store or both.”

The class of 2020 features five forward-thinking brands that are redefining their industry segments. The companies, listed below, will be honored at Chain Store Age’s annual SPECS Show (March 15-17 at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas) and will share their success stories during a special session at the conference.

Chicken Salad Chick
From one small location in 2008, this Southern-styled eatery has evolved into one of the nation’s fastest-growing fast-casual restaurant chains. Chicken Salad Chick’s menu features more than a dozen different varieties of chicken salad — each made fresh daily and ordered by the scoop, sandwich or bowl — along with other items. Its restaurants have a home-like, friendly feel, complete with tablecloths and carpet. 

Chicken Salad Chick opened 40 locations in 2019 and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. The company is expanding beyond its Southern home base and plans to open more than 50 locations this year, with a goal of 400 units by 2025.

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And the winners are…Chain Store Age’s 2020 Breakout Retailers Awards