Pollo Campero opening 3rd Tennessee store

May 14 2024

Alberto Sosa, who owns two Pollo Campero franchises in Tennessee, is bringing the Central American chicken concept to the Nashville suburb of Smyrna at 361 N Lowry St. With over 100 U.S. locations, the Guatema-based chicken franchise has 350 worldwide

“I first tried Pollo Campero in 2015, and immediately fell in love with the food,” Sosa said in a company press release. “As a result, I became a franchisee, opening my first location in 2018. I believe in Pollo Campero and we are excited to bring the incredible food and flavors of Pollo Campero to the Smyrna community!”

Pollo Campero’s Smyrna location marks the brand’s third Tennessee location.

“We are always looking for passionate leaders with strong ties in their communities to join our family,” Blas Escarcega, vice president of franchise development, said said in the release. “Alberto knows exactly what makes Pollo Campero so special, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him introduce the brand to diners who haven’t tried us yet. We know they are going to find fantastic success in Smyrna.”

After opening 11 restaurants, increasing system-wide sales by 19%, and introducing menu items at select locations in 2023, Pollo Campero crossed the 100-restaurant milestone in the U.S. earlier this year.

“We have a fan base that has known us for many years in Central America and has continued to support our growth efforts wherever we go,” Escarcega said. “We’re very happy with the legacy customer base, and we also have new consumers that don’t know us but have been very open to coming and trying our food, and they continue to come. They love our food, menu and offerings.”

Pollo Campero is looking to continue its growth across the U.S. with plans to open at least 25 restaurants this year.