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Church's Chicken

Fried chicken quick-service restaurant

This company has several places fried-chicken worshipers can flock to. Cajun Operating Company owns and operates Church's Chicken, one of the leading quick-service chicken chains in the world with locations in over 20 countries. The restaurants specialize in fried chicken available with such side items as biscuits, fried okra, fries, and mashed potatoes. Church's Chicken was started in 1952 by retired chicken incubator salesman George Church as Church's Fried Chicken to Go. The company was acquired by Friedman Fleischer & Lowe in 2009.

2011 AllStar Rank: Not Ranked
2010 AllStar Rank: 216
2009 AllStar Rank: 44

Full Disclosure Award
This company gets a nod for disclosing financial performance representations in Item 19 of its Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). For an explanation of why this is important, read The Importance of Item 19 in the Franchise Disclosure Document.

AllStar Franchise

AllStar Rank: 67 See All AllStar Franchises
Church's Chicken
980 Hammond Drive
Atlanta, GA 30328

Fast Facts

Year established 1952
Franchising since 1967
Can be run from home? No
Number of employees needed 15
Item 19 Financial Performance Representation? Yes
Multiple units must be purchased in U.S. Yes
Multiple units must be purchased outside U.S. Yes
% of franchisees who own multiple units 80%
Absentee ownership allowed? Yes

Franchise Unit Growth Rate

Year U.S.
2011 1,094 352 268
2010 1,081 328 285
2009 1,080 331 232

Expanding in These Locations

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Worldwide
Total Investment $191,300 - $1,070,100
Franchise Fee $15,000
Royalty Fee 5%
Financial Requirements
Net Worth $1,500,000
Liquid Capital $650,000
Franchisee Qualifications
All new franchisees must develop a minimum of three stores
Does franchisor offer financing? No
Is franchisor on the SBA's Franchise Registry? Yes
Is franchisor a member of the IFA's VetFran program? No

AllStar Franchise

AllStar Rank: 67 See All AllStar Franchises
Church's Chicken
980 Hammond Drive
Atlanta, GA 30328

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