Big Chicken, the fast-casual chicken concept founded by basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, will open a location in Richmond at 3415 FM 762, Ste. 100, in mid-2023.

It will be Big Chicken’s second Texas location, as part of a 50-unit agreement across the state, according to a news release. Big Chicken currently has five traditional locations open across the country, as well as locations in arenas and cruise ships. The concept offers chicken entrees such as crispy chicken sandwiches and tenders and dessert options, such as shakes and ice cream sandwiches.

“We’re taking our Texas takeover one step at a time, and our Richmond location is the next big step to getting there,” said Fazil Malik, co-owner of the new restaurant alongside Frank Malik and Noordin Jhaver, in the release.

Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect the number of Big Chicken locations.