Raising Cane’s Chicken Finger restaurant is coming to Washington Township, to be developed at the former site of Pep Boys on the Black Horse Pike.
The area for this new Raising Cane’s is close to the intersection of Ganttown Rd., and directly across from the Ganttown Square shopping center.
Last year the Ganttown Square center saw the addition of the large Fun City Adventure Park.
Chicken is the “hot” food item the last few years. On the same said of “The Pike” will be Chick-fil-A, Popeyes and Raising Cane’s all less than 1/2 a mile apart.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers – Philadelphia Metro Expansion
If you aren’t familiar, Raising Cane’s is a chicken finger restaurant with a cult-like following in other parts of the country. They are to chicken fingers, what In-And-Out is to burgers!
Fans really love their chicken fingers and Cane’s Sauce… calling themselves “Caniacs”!
They are so popular, many locations report customers waiting in lines to order long after the initial grand openings!
As mentioned the chicken finger chain is new to us, and Raising Cane’s is on an expansion into the Philadelphia marketplace.
The recently they were approved in Deptford for the site of the former Don Pablo’s restaurant.
Honestly I don’t have a lot more news on this Washington Township location, other than that what is in the title and the first sentence of the article here. This is literally “Breaking News”. But you know I will be sticking with this story.
Funny thing is I’ve been researching what would be a third Raising Cane’s location for Gloucester County in a completely different town… So the announcement of this Washington Township location absolutely came as a surprise to me!
But I would love to know if my early coverage on the Deptford store helped get this Washington Township signing started! 🙂
Pep Boys / Raising Cane’s Washington Township
In 2021 the Pep Boys location on the Black Horse Pike in Turnersville closed.
This was not targeted at the one store, and was part of a Pep Boys plan impacting over 100 locations.
In Audubon and Stratford, the retail segment of the stores closed but the auto repair garages remained open.
It’s clear that the move by Pep Boys was more at a Corporate level related to overall challenges in the retail space.
My next comment isn’t a scientific study, but I know a few people that have worked at Amazon warehouses who say they are amazed at how much auto parts and auto supplies are shipped from the Amazon warehouses!
So overall it’s a good sign for the Black Horse Pike corridor through Washington Township to see that so soon after the close of Pep Boys, Raising Cane’s is willing to invest significant dollars in purchasing the property… demolishing the old building, and building a brand new modern restaurant.
The Raising Cane’s “Caniacs” Experience
Last summer when I wrote about the Cherry Hill location at MarltonPike.com I visited the newly opened location in Center City Philadelphia to see what all of the fanaticism was all about!
Raising Cane’s is a premium chicken breast “finger” which is always made to order… and their chicken is hand-breaded and never frozen. Seriously they are only about chicken fingers. Deliciously tender chicken fingers.
And you won’t find a variety of sauces for your chicken fingers either as they carry their own special recipe sauce called Cane’s Sauce.
Based on internet lore and copy-cat recipes, the sauce appears to be based on; mayonnaise, ketchup, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. The Cane’s sauce recipe really is a secret though. It’s made fresh in the store but that responsibility is left with the store General Managers!
They also offer sides; Crinkle-Cut fries, Coleslaw and Texas Toast… and of course Cane’s Sauce.
If it’s your first time visiting, consider trying the Box Combo that has all of these items in the basket. But be warned.. it’s a LOT of food!
Don’t get me wrong, those sides are a very strong supporting cast, loved by Raising Cane’s fans as much as the tenders are.
And the freshness theme carries through to the sides.
The coleslaw is made daily in each store. The fries are Grade A potatoes. And the Texas Toast starts with a pull-apart sesame seed bread that they add butter and garlic blend too, and toast on the flat-top griddle.
As mentioned at this time the project has not been presented to the Deptford Planning Board but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the meeting scheduled as early as January.
Links and Locations
Raising Cane’s – Turnersville (Coming Soon)
5241 Route 42