The founders of Chicken Salad Chick, Kevin and Stacy Brown, feel the most important character trait necessary to be able to run a successful “Chick” is to have a servant’s heart. Each franchise owner has been carefully selected and proven to be passionate about serving people. “Our Story” was written by Stacy when the very first Chicken Salad Chick opened and we thought it would be fun to share the stories of how our owners became involved.
Meet the Owner
Mark Singletary was living and working in New Orleans and decided it was time for a change.
He found the way in Auburn, Alabama. His daughter and son-in-law, Lauryn and Cope Smith, introduced him to their good friends, Stacy and Kevin Brown, the Chicken Salad Chick and her husband.
“After a good bit of conversation, I decided that buying a Chicken Salad Chick franchise and opening a restaurant in Gainesville was exactly the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life,” he adds. Lauryn and Cope thought it was a good idea, as well; they are now business partners.
What is a fun fact about yourself that your guests may not know?
I’m a man surrounded by beautiful, smart, fun women and girls, and now one boy. I have four daughters, Kristin, Lauryn, Lindsay and Taylor. These young women now have children of their own, and I’m one proud granddad. They call me Pop. My grandchildren, four girls and one boy, add so much fun and energy to life. Watching them grow up, particularly in today’s technology centric world, inspires me to keep working hard to have something meaningful to pass along to them. Having this great franchise in Gaineville is creating an asset that one day will become a real family legacy.
Tell us about your favorite customer testimonial.
One customers is a local businessman that comes in our restaurant - usually three times a week - and buys two pounds of broccoli salad per visit. His wife loves it, and he loves making his wife happy. Smart guy.
What is your favorite Chick?
No doubt, Jalapeno Holly is usually my first choice, but I also love the Cranberry Kelli. Fact is, they’re all really tasty.