Chicken tender chain with Mississippi roots plans to open 20 locations across state

Published 5:21 pm Wednesday, October 30, 2019

You may not know the name “Huey Magoo’s” but you may soon see their restaurants popping up all over Mississippi.

The chicken tenders restaurant chain created by two former Ole Miss students is coming to Mississippi soon announcing Wednesday plans to open up to 20 new locations in the Magnolia State, Huey Magoo’s President and CEO Andy Howard said.

The new locations will be franchise restaurants of a family that has more than 35 years of experience operating Golden Corral locations.

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Plans call for locations to open in Jackson, Gulfport, Meridian and Southaven with more markets yet to be determined. The first is slated to open in April 2020.

“I’ve been looking for something for 12 years, and once I found Huey Magoo’s, met the people and tried the food, I knew I wanted to come on board,” franchise owner Buddy Powell said. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to bring this great brand to Mississippi. Give us one year, and we’ll make Huey Magoo’s a household name in the southern US.”

Huey Magoo’s co-founders Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens made at the University of Mississippi while playing golf. They founded the company in 2004 and currently operate several locations in Florida.

The Mississippi stores will offer Huey Magoo’s signature grilled, hand-breaded or “sauced” premium chicken tenders, farm fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps, available as individual meals, meals for two and family-sized options. Each tender is always made fresh, all natural, with no antibiotics ever, no hormones, no steroids and no preservatives. All locations will also feature Huey Magoo’s sleek, industrial and relaxed design.

For more information on Huey Magoo’s and a list of locations, visit