Church's Chicken Restaurants Lends a Helping Hand to Ike Victims

Restaurant chain tally damage from Hurricane Ike; helps residents and franchisees

Atlanta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As thousands of Houston and Beaumont citizens attempt to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, Church's Chicken is lending a helping hand by providing relief to not only Church's franchises impacted by the storm, but to area residents as well.

The fast food restaurant chain had roughly 140 franchised locations in the Beaumont and Houston areas that were hit hard by the storm, and many of them closed due to the disaster. Church's corporate headquarters, based in Atlanta, along with their Houston and Beaumont franchisees tallied the damage and responded quickly by filling trucks with chicken on route to those markets. The company also arranged to have ten power generators shipped into the area and placed half of their operations team on the ground in an effort to get the stores up and running to serve the community desperate for food and supplies.

"It is so important to everyone at Church's Chicken to support others in a time of need – whether it is our customers, community members, or our fellow restaurants. We are proud of everyone who stepped up and donated time and services to those affected by Hurricane Ike," said Mike Kuzminsky, vice resident Franchise Operations US, Church's Chicken®. "As the Houston and Beaumont-area communities begin to rebuild, Church's Chicken restaurants will be right there along with them."

Church's Chicken has now reopened over 141 locations out of the 144 restaurants that were closed due to the hurricane.

Church's Chicken is no stranger to cause-related initiatives and this effort is part of the company's overall goal of being a contributor in the communities from which it serves. The company has been involved in various organizations, such as Special Olympics GA, Children's Miracle Network and American Cancer Society, in addition to grassroots efforts from individual restaurant locations.

With continued same-store sales growth for the 5th year in a row -- through strong marketing campaign and differentiating value proposition -- Church's Chicken carries the legacy of providing customers more for their money with crunchy, juicy chicken and specialty sides, including: Jalapeño Cheese Bombers, corn on the cob and its unique handmade-from-scratch honey butter biscuits at the best value.

For more information on Church's Chicken, or their volunteer efforts in the Houston and Beaumont areas, please contact Hector Rodriguez at (210) 577-2781.

About Church's Chicken®

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 handmade-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 August 2008, the Church's system had over 1,600 locations worldwide in 19 countries, with system sales exceeding $1 billion.

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