Church's Chicken® Opens 1600th Location

Top Franchisee Opens Milestone Store in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlanta-based Church's Chicken® celebrated the opening of its 1600th restaurant worldwide on December 20, 2007 in Blue Springs, Mo. – a suburb of Kansas City – with top franchisee, Shan Ali of SNSA, Inc., who owns a total of 13 Church's restaurants.

"Church's has, for nearly 56 years, continued its tradition of serving flavorful chicken at a great value with little fanfare," said Harsha V. Agadi, President and CEO of Church's Chicken®. "As we grow, we remain committed to putting care and intention in preparing our food – we love introducing our freshly prepared chicken and handmade-from-scratch biscuits to new communities across the country."

The store is a "snap-on" location, sharing space with the local Conoco gas station and is the result of a conversion, a development strategy offered to all Church's franchisees. The brand's architecture and design team has the ability to convert several types of pre-existing buildings into a Church's prototype, which allows franchisees to maintain their current location while saving time and money when developing a Church's restaurant.

Many of Church's target markets are under-penetrated, providing opportunities for significant growth. The company's goal for 2008 is to open 150 restaurants globally.

Shan Ali became a Church's franchisee in 2006 when he purchased seven restaurants in the Kansas City market. He also owns four restaurants in Oakland, California, and opened a new restaurant near the University of Kansas in Lawrence late last year.

Shan completely re-imaged and remodeled the initial seven restaurants, which increased his sales by 20 percent. His devotion to the Church's brand and his continued success represents a new generation of young, successful businessmen in the Church's franchise system.

"I'm an enthusiastic supporter of all things Church's," Ali said. "As a young Church's franchisee, I look forward to growing with the brand – it is an honor to open the 1600th store – sales have been very good."

The store is located at 111 SE AA Highway, Blue Springs, Missouri 64014.

Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952, Church's Chicken® is a highly recognized brand name in the QSR sector and is one of the largest quick-service chicken concepts in the world. Church's Chicken® serves freshly prepared, high quality, flavorful chicken and tenders with signature sides and hand-made from scratch biscuits at low prices and differentiates from its competitors in care and attention given in preparation of food, and is positioned as the Value Leader in the Chicken QSR category. As of February 2007, the Church's system had nearly 1,600 locations worldwide in 19 countries, with system sales exceeding $1 billion.


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