Chicken Express is finalizing plans for its arrival to Shawnee. The business could likely be up and running in the next several months.

Chicken Express is finalizing plans for its arrival to Shawnee. The business could likely be up and running in the next several months.

Part-owner Rick Brown said his best guess would be early Fall.

He said he and his wife, Glenda, will run operations, as well as manage their three other stores.

“In Oct. of 2016 we bought the Norman and Pauls Valley Chicken Express Stores,” Brown said. “We are about three weeks away from opening a new store in Del City.”

The Browns and their investor-partner should close on the Shawnee property within a couple weeks, he said.

The 1.16-acre site is on the west side of the 4400 block of North Harrison Avenue — just south of the Quality Tunnel Car Wash.

“Closing on the property has been a longer process than expected,” he said. “Once that happens, we will be breaking ground soon after.”

Brown said a contractor is ready to get started once the closing is complete and the permit is obtained.

Known for their Express Tenders and sweet tea, Brown said Chicken Express does best in small towns from 15,000 to 40,000 population.

“We look for high traffic areas and middle class families — people looking to feed a family of four or five for under $30,” he said.

Most Chicken Express Stores are located in Texas — so Oklahoma is wide open, he said.

Brown said when they bought the Norman and Pauls Valley stores they started looking in Shawnee, and met the Smith family, who sold them the acre of land.

“We believe it will be a great location and everyone we talk to in town is excited about us coming,” he said.

Brown said he and his wife are very hands-on and enjoy connecting with the local community.

“We love to sponsor schools athletics or partner with local churches and organizations for fundraisers,” he said. “My wife and I also work in all of our stores so we are not like a big chain restaurant, but very involved in the day-to-day operations.”

Brown said Facebook Pages for the Del City and Shawnee locations will be up soon.

According to the website, at chickene.com, Chicken Express has restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia.