NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal opening first Mississippi Big Chicken restaurant; could Alabama location be next?

Published 7:42 am Thursday, March 7, 2024

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is bringing his big style and flavors to Magnolia State with the construction of the first Mississippi Big Chicken restaurant.

Officials with SRS Real Estate Partners in Birmingham, Alabama, announced the sale of ±1.44 acres of land in Hattiesburg, Miss. to the popular chicken restaurant brand, Big Chicken.

The site is located at 6042 US-98, adjacent to ALDI and Aspen Dental, and near Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart Supercenter.

Founded in 2018 by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, Big Chicken is a fast-casual concept that fuses O’Neal’s home-cooked childhood favorites. Shaq’s Big Chicken serves crispy chicken sandwiches and tenders, Cheez-It crusted mac n’ cheese, and hand-crafted ice cream shakes and sundaes. This will be Big Chicken’s first location in Mississippi.

SRS Real Estate Partners represented the seller, VH Terra, LLC, in the sale to Southern Gulf Properties, LLC.