Now under construction, Chicken Express is showing signs of progress.

Now under construction, Chicken Express is showing signs of progress.

Part-owner Rick Brown said his best guess for opening the store would be Fall.

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

The couple had a grand opening for their Del City location in March.

“In Oct. of 2016 we bought the Norman and Pauls Valley Chicken Express Stores,” Brown 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.

Breaking ground came soon after.

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 the Chicken Express-Shawnee Facebook Page will be up soon.

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

Watch for updates.