Fried chicken fans flock to Cowlitz Crossing, which tops pecking order for BirdShack chicken sales on West Coast

Cowlitz Crossing Fuel and Convenience Store honored with “Volume Performance Award” for West region for 2021 results

RIDGEFIELD, WA. (March 28, 2022) – Never mind why the chicken crossed the road; the real question is why are ilani guests crossing the road to get to Cowlitz Crossing Fuel and Convenience Store? The answer: BirdShack chicken tenders. In 2021, Cowlitz Crossing served more than 315,000 pieces of the savory, craveable chicken, leading the West Coast in sales and earning the “Volume Performance Award – West Region” from Chester’s International, the chicken company behind the BirdShack brand.

“ilani is extremely proud of the Cowlitz Crossing team, which has worked tirelessly through the last year to provide a great experience and amazing food that our guests have come to love. Like many other restaurants and eateries across the country, the team at Cowlitz Crossing experienced their fair share of staffing challenges this last year; however, they would not let that stop them,” said Taylor Morelli, director of procurement and of Cowlitz Crossing. “The team continued preparing our best-selling chicken to keep guests coming back for more. Twice hand-breaded BirdShack chicken tenders are a favorite with ilani guests, and using BirdShack products — steadily supplied by our trusted partner, Core-Mark International of Portland — ensures consistent quality and freshness every time.”

“Birdshack is proud to partner with ilani and Cowlitz Crossing. The results of this partnership, now in its third year, have far exceeded both our expectations. Congratulations on earning the “Ruling the Roost” award in 2021, designated for the top-performing BirdShack in our region out of more than 200 locations. We look forward to growing demand for Birdshack in the area for many years to come,” said Eric Freyman, Birdshack franchise business consultant.

Cowlitz Crossing offers fuel, food, drinks and specialty products 24 hours a day. In addition to the delicious BirdShack chicken tenders, the store also sells locally produced Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches, a diverse assortment of local wine and beer, and retail products from Cowlitz Indian Tribe members.

More about Cowlitz Crossing Fuel and Convenience Store is available on ilani’s website.

Located on the Cowlitz Reservation in Ridgefield, Washington, ilani, developed by the Cowlitz Tribe and Salishan-Mohegan, a partnership that includes Mohegan Sun, one of the world’s foremost gaming and entertainment developers and operators, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination. With nearly 400,000 total square feet, ilani includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 3,000 slots and 75 gaming tables; 18 different restaurants, bars, and retail outlets; and a 2,500-seat meeting and entertainment venue hosting nationally recognized performances. For more information, visit and follow ilani on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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