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Published on May 22, 2024
Raising Cane's Gears Up for Southaven Debut, Brings Crave-Worthy Chicken to Greater Memphis AreaSource: Mr. Blue MauMau, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana-based fast-food favorite known for its crispy chicken tenders is spreading its wings to Southaven, Mississippi. Fans of the brand, affectionately dubbed "Caniacs," can look forward to sinking their teeth into the chain's signature menu items following the Southaven Planning Commission's green light for a new location at 357 Goodman Road, as reported by WREG.

According to a plan approved on May 20, the new outlet is slated for a late-year construction start, nesting itself neatly near I-55. Assuring a short drive for chicken finger aficionados, the site is conveniently situated adjacent to a Walmart and will transform a former O'Charley's into a haven for quick-service poultry, detailed What Now Memphis. Following final nods from the city's Board of Aldermen, Raising Cane's expects to open its doors in the second quarter of 2025, marking its first foray into the Greater Memphis area.

Raising Cane's is on a growth tear, with this latest expansion marking nearly 750 locations across 42 states, as highlighted by The Commercial Appeal. The chain's steady ascent since its 1996 inception signifies not just the popularity of its tight menu—anchored by marinated chicken fingers, coleslaw, and Texas toast—but also a focused brand loyalty that's hard to replicate. A statement from Raising Cane's, carried by multiple sources, confirmed that construction of the Southaven location is eagerly anticipated for late this year.

Until this mouthwatering milestone comes to fruition, Memphis residents have had to travel to existing Mississippi locations in Oxford and Tupelo to get their Cane's fix. The anticipation is palpable as future patrons await the taste of chicken fingers hand-battered and fried to order, coupled with crinkle-cut fries and that much-loved signature dipping sauce. Soon, they'll find these simple yet addictive pleasures without crossing state lines—a result of strategic expansion and a testament to the brand's flourishing in a crowded fast-food landscape.