Church’s Chicken Franchise Information

The Church’s Chicken Franchise focuses on great profitability that returns the invested capital to the franchise owner.

This is the ideal franchise opportunity for those that appreciate great food at affordable prices.

Church’s Chicken was founded in 1952 at San Antonio, Texas by George W. Church and has started franchising in 1972. It has since made a name for itself in the QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) sector as the largest quick service chicken concepts. The restaurant serves on the freshest and best quality chicken recipes with various signature side dishes to choose from including fried okra, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, French fries, jalapeno peppers, their unique honey butter biscuits and corn on the cob.

Because of the franchise’s focus on ideal profitability, the company offers various real estate programs as well as construction programs to assist the franchisee. The simple menu and operating system assures a hassle free business application by franchise owners. Franchisees are offered comprehensive support with the sire location, training operations, restaurant construction, field operations, product development and marketing development. The advisory capacity is regularly applied so as to involve franchisees in major decision making to help develop the company’s future.

The Church’s system currently consists of around 1,600 locations worldwide with sales that exceed $1 billion. With a continually expanding chain system there are great opportunities still available in existing markets as well as new ones. Average sales are around $1,077,788, food costs are 32.6%, labor costs 22.0%, the gross profit margin is 45.5%, marketing at 5%, sontrollables 10%, controllable profit margin at 25.5%, non controllables at 1.7% and the pre tax restaurant operating profit at 23.8%.

The startup costs and franchise fees include the total investment of $259,800 to $1,113,600 with the initial franchise fee of $10,000-$15,000. The cash liquidity requirement is $300,000 with a 5% royalty fee, 5% advertising fee and a 20 year term of agreement, renewable at $10k to $15k. As per business operations, the franchisees are required to purchase multiple units and master licenses, and 60% of all franchisees own more than one initial unit. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed with 100% of current franchisees as owners or operators.

Upon application and approval, the franchisee will be partnered with a Development Director and provide with access to the tools necessary to provide the valuable market analysis for the business. The Architecture and Engineering group then shares resources including brand standards, equipment specification and sample floor plans.

The franchise is in search for applicant that possesses the enthusiasm, energy and desire to promote and develop the brand. Though not a required pre requisite, restaurant experience is a plus. Training is at the restaurant for 4 weeks wherein the franchisee will be assigned to a Regional Franchise Director or Manager who will provide the essential ongoing support for day to day franchise operations. Ongoing support is also in the form of newsletters, meetings, and the toll-free phone line, aid at the grand opening, internet online assistance, security and safety procedures, field operations and evaluations and purchasing cooperatives. Marketing support is provided through co-op advertising, as slicks and regional advertising.


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