Zaxby's is planning 28 chicken restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro area in the next five to seven years. Franchisee Sterling Coleman, of Georgia, has been with Zaxby's for 11 years and this deal is the largest single contract in the restaurant chain's history. The Norman location will be the first in the metro area, but the state's first will open in Tulsa in late 2014 or early 2015.
Coleman has purchased the property at 1839 West Main Street formerly occupied by Long John Silvers. Demolition of the old structure took place in early December The Norman location set to open in summer 2015. The Oklahoma stores will be among the first to feature the new farmhouse design concept.