Chicken N Pickle Announces Two New Pickleball Locations in Colorado

In response to the recent explosion in the popularity of Pickleball in Colorado, 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 Parker, Colorado, as the site of its newest location and second venue in Colorado. This announcement quickly follows last month’s Thornton news. Chicken N Pickle will build its signature complex at Gatherings at Parker, a 14.5-acre development at the intersection of North Jordan Road and E-470. Chicken N Pickle, designed by Yaeger Architecture, is expected to break ground on the 1.5-acre multi-level Parker property in 2023, opening to the public in 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. With the Thornton and Parker openings in 2024, there are a total of eight locations currently 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).

“Chicken N Pickle was first to the market over seven years ago, and our ‘low-tech, high touch’ concept is simple,” said Brad Clarke, CEO of Chicken N Pickle. “Guests visit our properties seeking an experience, and one of the most rewarding things we see is when people gather on our pickleball courts and game yard, or over high-quality food and a craft cocktail while connecting with their family and friends under one roof.”

Chicken N Pickle will join the Gatherings at Parker development as an anchor tenant alongside retail stores, restaurants, and other community-building features designed to draw people in every day of the week. Gatherings at Parker’s 14.5-acre development include an outdoor green space at its center with all-weather turf, trees, interactive fountains, outdoor fire pits, gardens and play areas. Additionally, Life Church will occupy the 5-acre space at the east end of the property.

“Chicken N Pickle is exactly the kind of all-day attraction we think fits well within Gatherings at Parker,” said Stuart Zall, president of Zall Commercial Real Estate, the exclusive retail broker for the project. “We‘re creating a unique, community-oriented tenant mix that will offer people in the surrounding area a beautiful space to spend time with their friends and family, which is why Chicken N Pickle is the perfect fit.”

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 Parker 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 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. 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, hosted more than 730 fundraisers and put more than $325,000 back into local communities through in-kind and general donations and property give-backs.

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.

“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 Parker community and begin supporting the neighborhoods around us.”

Located southeast of Denver and home to 64,000+ residents, Parker offers the perfect balance of a full-service community with a hometown feel.

“I am excited to welcome Chicken N Pickle to the Town of Parker,” said Parker Mayor Jeff Toborg. “Parker has a very active pickleball community, and we’ve been working hard in recent years to help meet the demands for the fast-growing sport. Chicken N Pickle not only provides experienced pickleball players with another option to play, it also serves as a new entry point into the sport and unique entertainment option for residents of all ages. I’m sure they will find great success here in Parker.”

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