Eggs Up Grill Welcomes McKinney as Vice President of Marketing and Communications
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Eggs Up Grill Welcomes McKinney as Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Leading better breakfast brand continues to attract top-tier talent, matching its aggressive expansion plans

March 26, 2024 // // SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly expanding breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, has named Chrissy McKinney vice president of marketing and communications. McKinney’s deep expertise was tapped to lead the Eggs Up Grill marketing strategy and execution, product development, consumer insights, public relations and franchise development marketing. After growing by 250 percent since 2019, Eggs Up Grill recently doubled the size of its support team to further enhance resources available to its franchise partners.

“Our winning position in the better breakfast category continues to attract superior talent like Chrissy McKinney, who has spent the last 20 plus years executing national and local marketing plans with a high-energy, results-driven approach that is directly in line with our Brand culture and our rapid growth plans,” said CEO Ricky Richardson.

McKinney comes to Eggs Up Grill from Denny’s, where she was the senior director of marketing strategy, assisting executive leadership with the creation, development and execution of the brand’s marketing. She also worked for Moroch, where she spent 10 years working on the McDonald’s account, including acting as an account supervisor over large-scale projects for the global brand. Through highly focused and efficient execution of marketing plans, McKinney has a proven track record as a marketing innovator. She says joining Eggs Up Grill is the career move of a lifetime.

“Eggs Up Grill is quickly becoming the largest franchised, full-service better breakfast concept in the U.S. marketplace and is out in front of its competitors when it comes to best-in-class franchisor support that includes strategic, forward-thinking and tech-savvy marketing initiatives,” said McKinney. “I have been a frequent guest and fan of Eggs Up Grill and am honored to lead a growing and talented marketing team as we continue to break records and reach new horizons.”

With Eggs Up Grill’s average restaurant sales approaching $1.3 million, built off 40 percent same store sales increases since 2019, McKinney’s team will continue the efforts of growing profitable revenue for both new and existing locations. The Brand wrapped up 2023 by breaking records in new restaurant openings, development commitments and sales growth, opening a record 12 new locations. Eggs Up Grill signed 18 new franchise groups last year, adding more than 45 commitments to its development pipeline, ending 2023 with 73 operating restaurants and more than 100 under development or committed to open over the next decade. The brand is known for its uniquely friendly service, great tasting products and compelling value. With locations across the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and soon entering Ohio, Eggs Up Grill offers a rewarding experience for guests and franchise partners alike.

About Eggs Up Grill

Founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., Eggs Up Grill has been serving smiles for more than 25 years. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs and juicy burgers on the griddle, and warm, attentive service make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a full menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch from open to close. Eggs Up Grill’s business model creates smiles for our Franchise Partners as well. Ranked as the No. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® three years in a row, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth and is seeking both experienced and first-time franchise partners. The Brand has 73 locations in operation, with more than 100 under development or committed to open this decade. For more information, visit

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