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Chester's

2014 Franchise 500
#95
At a Glance

Products & Services: Chicken

Number of Locations: 1,061

Total Investment: $4.6K - $321.3K

Founded: 1952

Began Franchising: 2004

About Chester's

W.O. Giles started Chester's in 1952, and though he started out frying doughnuts with his patented fryers, it was fried chicken that became the focus of his business. His son, Ted Giles, is the current CEO of the company, which began franchising in 2004, after previously following a licensing business model. Chester's has locations in college campuses, airports, convenience stores, truck stops and supermarkets.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 1,019 10 32 0
2013 993 10 32 0
2012 917 5 30 0
2011 669 4 15 0
2010 415 2 10 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $4,634 - $321,333
Franchise Fee: $0 - $3,500
Term of Franchise Agreement: 5 years, renewable
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At franchisee's location: 4 days.
Ongoing Support: Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: In-store promotional items

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #95 (2014), #95 (2013), #134 (2012), #229 (2011), #284 (2010),
Fastest-Growing: #14 (2014), #6 (2013), #7 (2012), #11 (2011), #24 (2010),
Low-Cost: #70 (2010),
America's Top Global: #129 (2014), #74 (2013), #111 (2012), #180 (2011),

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