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Taking Flight

Chicken empire conquers new ground.

This story appears in the March 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Atlanta-based AFC Enterprises Inc., parent company of Churchs Chicken and Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits, has big plans for the new millennium. Already a giant in the domestic and international fast-food industries, AFC plans to further diversify its holdings. With last year's acquisition of Chesapeake Bagel Bakery, AFC now has more than 2,600 restaurants worldwide with sales in excess of $1.5 billion.

Seeking to add more value to the company, AFC has earmarked $100 million to acquire food-service brands in the sandwich, pizza, coffee and Italian cuisine markets. In the future, AFC plans to conquer nonfood franchise concepts, such as automotive maintenance and business services. In addition, the company has become a corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, donating 180,000 man- hours and $2 million toward home construction in the United States and overseas.

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