Rapidly expanding chicken restaurant chain scouting a location in The Villages

Huey Magoo’s President and CEO Andy Howard, center.

A rapidly expanding restaurant chain known for its chicken tenders is scouting a location in The Villages.

Florida’s Friendliest Hometown is among the places that Huey Magoo’s is hoping to set up new franchises. The other locations announced are Lakeland and the greater Tampa area. 

Huey Magoo’s President and CEO Andy Howard said that in all, 12 locations will be coming to Florida. The first location is slated to open in late 2019.

Joining Huey Magoo’s family of restaurants, the new stores will offer Huey Magoo’s signature grilled, hand-breaded or “sauced” premium chicken tenders, farm fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps, available as individual meals, meals for two and family-sized options. Each tender is always made fresh, all natural, with no antibiotics ever, no hormones, no steroids and no preservatives.

Huey Magoo’s is known for its chicken tenders.

Huey Magoo’s was founded in 2004. The nearest locations to The Villages are in Lake Mary and Altamonte Springs.

The typical cost of opening a Huey Magoo’s is $338,380 to $569,800, including a franchise fee of $35,000. Franchisees are expected to have a minimum of $250,000 in liquid assets and a net worth of $750,000 per location. The brand’s annual royalty fee is five percent and its marketing fee is 2 percent of gross sales, according to Huey Magoo’s website. About 30 people are hired at each location.