Church's Chicken

Church's Chicken

Chicken
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2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
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Initial investment
$682K - $1.6M
Units as of 2020
1,564 -0.6% over 3 years

Company Overview

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.

About Church's Chicken

Industry
Food
Related Categories
Chicken
Founded
1952
Parent Company
Cajun Global LLC
Leadership
Joe Christina, CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1969 (53 years)
# of employees at HQ
100
# of Units
1,564 (as of 2020)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
980 Hammond Dr., #1100
Atlanta, GA 30328

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Church's Chicken franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$15,000
Initial Investment
$681,500 - $1,603,300
Net Worth Requirement
$1,500,000
Cash Requirement
$650,000
Royalty Fee
5%
Ad Royalty Fee
5%
Term of Agreement
20 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
116-154 hours
Classroom Training
13-17 hours
Additional Training
At training restaurant
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Field Operations
Site Selection
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
Yes
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
Are exclusive territories available?
Yes

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #100 in 2020

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Updated: February 8th, 2021