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Chicken N Pickle's National Expansion Efforts Head to Colorado

April 13, 2023

Chicken N Pickle's National Expansion Efforts Head to Colorado

Newest Location Opening in Thornton, Colorado

Entertainment destination to feature pickleball courts, sports bar and casual, chef-driven restaurant

THORNTON, Colo. (April 13, 2022) – Chicken N Pickle – a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex with a casual, chef-driven restaurant, sports bar, pickleball courts and a variety of yard games – has announced Thornton, Colorado as the site of its newest location. Chicken N Pickle will build its signature complex at The Grove, a 90-acre business and shopping center in North Denver at I-25 and 144th Avenue in Thornton. Chicken N Pickle plans to break ground on the three-acre multi-level Thornton property in 2023, opening to the public in the summer of 2024.

Established in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2016, Chicken N Pickle is a wildly popular destination for families, young adults and corporate gatherings. The company has since expanded to Wichita, Kansas; San Antonio, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Overland Park, Kansas; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Grapevine, Texas. Six more locations are under development including Glendale, Arizona (opening in 2023); St. Charles, Missouri (opening in 2023); Allen, Texas (opening in 2024); Webster, Texas (opening in 2024); Henderson, Nevada (opening in 2024); and Fishers, Indiana (opening in 2024). In addition to Thornton, the company has announced plans for a second location in the Denver area. “Our mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship and community and we are excited to bring that to Thornton,” said Dave Johnson, founder of Chicken N Pickle. “We believe that bringing people together over a delicious, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, a cold beverage and some friendly competition can create unifying bonds that ripple throughout the community and beyond.”  Chicken N Pickle will join Cabela’s, Hobby Lobby and Burlington as anchor tenants at The Grove business center. Wes Stites, principal of Precision Retail, served as local consultant/broker. “Chicken N Pickle is a best-in-class entertainment facility and we estimate that this new location will generate over 650,000 visitors annually and will create more than 180 jobs in the community,” said Garrett Stutz, Chicken N Pickle’s Director of Real Estate and Expansion. “TSG Properties is thrilled to welcome Chicken N Pickle, the country’s premier pickleball operator, to The Grove in Thornton,” said Max Gansline, Vice President of leasing and development at The Staenberg Group, developers of The Grove. “We’re excited to bring a community-focused, family-oriented concept like Chicken N Pickle to The Grove and North Denver.”

Chicken N Pickle’s main dining area is spacious enough for corporate and social events, from lunch meetings to large rehearsal dinners and team-building events. Chicken N Pickle Thornton will feature bars, multiple dining areas on the main floor and rooftop dining with outdoor tables for guests. The venue will offer numerous indoor and outdoor pickleball courts and a variety of lawn games, such as cornhole, ping pong, battleship and Jenga. Using responsibly raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken, the menu includes delicious, rotisserie dishes available in four different seasonings along with pork and beef sandwiches, as well as signature hand-cut fries and tots. Chicken N Pickle is committed to giving back to the communities they serve through philanthropic events and service-oriented endeavors to strengthen its neighborhood and beyond. In 2022, Chicken N Pickle supported over 2,000 charitable organizations, donated over $86,000 to local nonprofits through the Community Cup Campaign and put more than $235,000 back into local communities through in-kind and general donations and property give-backs.

“We say ‘our hearts are local’ because we support our communities through philanthropy and through our business practices,” said Kelli Alldredge, President of Chicken N Pickle. “We are thrilled to become a part of the Thornton community and begin supporting the neighborhoods around us.” The Chicken N Pickle Foundation was formed in 2020 and works in partnership with local health, wellness and relationship-building charitable organizations to build long-lasting solutions addressing the needs of the community. In the last year, the Foundation has provided each store with $6,000 for the employees to identify and support nonprofit organizations in their area. 
About The Staenberg Group
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, The Staenberg Group is directed by industry leader Michael Staenberg, who has developed, leased and managed a portfolio of more than 200 shopping centers comprising in excess of 45 million square feet of quality retail space, including over 2,000 restaurant and 2,000 retail transactions, across the United States. For more information, please visit

About Chicken N Pickle 
Chicken N Pickle is a unique, indoor/outdoor entertainment complex that includes a casual, chef-driven restaurant, sports bar, pickleball courts and indoor/outdoor games for all ages. Its mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters fun, friendship and community. A key tenet of Chicken N Pickle is demonstrated through the Our Hearts Are Local program, which focuses on creating philanthropic partnerships to strengthen our neighborhoods and beyond. Chicken N Pickle holds dozens of charitable events annually and donates proceeds back to the communities we serve. We’re known for: Good Food. Good Friends. Great Fun.