Church's Chicken

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Chicken

Number of Locations: 1,657

Total Investment: $413.3K - $1.3M

Founded: 1952

Began Franchising: 1969

About Church's Chicken

Retired incubator salesman George W. Church Sr. had the idea in 1952 to offer fried chicken in a fast-food setting. The first Church's Fried Chicken to Go opened in across the street from the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, and sold only fried chicken. French fries and jalapenos were added to the menu in 1955. Today, the menu has expanded to include other traditional sides such as coleslaw, biscuits, mashed potatoes and fried okra, as well as desserts and dipping sauces.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 1,019 15 362 261
2014 1,030 15 351 261
2013 1,063 16 338 258
2012 1,070 19 322 257
2011 1,082 19 320 263
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $413,300 - $1,336,600
Franchise Fee: $15,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $650,000
Liquid Cash Available: $1,500,000
60% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At training restaurant : 4 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #46 (2015), #49 (2014), #43 (2013), #34 (2012),
America's Top Global: #37 (2015), #47 (2014), #50 (2013), #31 (2012),

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