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Is Big Chicken in Lubbock's future? Former NBA Superstar Shaquille O'Neal recently purchased a home in Collin County and now the Dallas Morning News is reporting that at least 56 locations of Shaq's Big Chicken restaurant are coming to the Lone Star State.

I think Lubbock is a perfect place for Big Chicken.

Shaq already knows and loves Lubbock. Just look at his visit to Lubbock in September 2021 for a Texas Tech Football pre-game concert and tell me that isn't a man who had a great time in the Hub City.

Besides his love for Texas and Lubbock, Shaq should open a few locations of Big Chicken in the Hub City for another reason. Lubbock loves chicken.

Seriously, look around at all the chicken restaurants we have. Whether you want a full chicken, chicken wing, chicken leg or chicken tenders, you'll find numerous places to get those food items. Why not have another?

According to the Dallas Morning News, 56 Big Chicken restaurants are planned across Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. That may leave out Lubbock out of the loop for now, but I still believe there's good reason for Big Chicken to expand west.

The Dallas Morning News also reported on what one of the big menu items is at Big Chicken:

The M.D.E — which is O’Neal’s nickname, Most Dominant Ever — is one of the most popular sandwiches, Halpern says. It’s one of the simpler options: a fried chicken sandwich with Shaq sauce and pickles. Customers also tend to order a Nashville hot chicken sandwich called the Uncle Jerome, named for O’Neal’s bodyguard. And those who are super hungry might order the Charles Barkley, a fried chicken sandwich loaded with mac and cheese, crispy fried onions and roasted garlic barbecue aioli.

“It’s as big and over-the-top as Chuck is,” Halpern says.

Sounds delicious. Come on, Shaq -- bring Big Chicken to Lubbock!

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