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04 02 2024

Chester's Chicken Hires Industry Veteran Bill Rice as Executive Vice President

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Chester's Chicken, the fresh fried chicken quick-service restaurant concept with over 1,300 active franchised and licensed locations across the U.S., welcomes Bill Rice to the executive team as EVP, Head of Sales, Operations and Supply Chain. Rice joins Chester's after a short retirement preceded by nearly four decades of experience in foodservice supply chain management, most recently as a senior vice president at Krispy Krunchy Foods, LLC.

Under Rice's leadership and with a solid foundation already laid, the company plans to accelerate growth and evolution. Rice will ensure team members have the resources needed to achieve Chester's aggressive growth goals while continuing to support existing franchise partners.

"We continue to prioritize investing in the Chester's leadership team and Bill is the perfect complement," said Alexis Lobodocky, General Manager, Chester's Chicken. "He brings extensive expertise in supply chain, an area of opportunity that will drive gains for the Chester's brand and Chester's operators."

12 21 2023

Chester’s Chicken coming to Horizon Fuel Center

At Horizon Fuel Center at the corner of North Lake Wohford & VC Road, it’s out for QDOBA Mexican Eats and in for Chester’s Chicken.

At the same time construction by the San Pasqual tribe is going steadily for another first, a drive through, Ziggi’s Coffee. There’s plenty of coffee vendors in town, but as far as we know this is the first coffee drive-through.

The Birmingham, Alabama-based Chester’s Chicken outlet will take the place of the QDOBA Mexican Eats that had been there since the fuel center opened. It will open at the end of January, said Chris Phelps, general manager of the Horizon Fuel Center.

Phelps said the thinking was that while there are plenty of Mexican food options in the area, “you actually have to leave town if you want to get chicken.”  Chester’s is a growing company that currently has about 1,200 restaurants.

12 12 2023

Franchise 500 2024 Ranking

Chester's, which was founded in 1952, is a quick-serve restaurant that sells fresh, never frozen, marinated chicken that's double-breaded and fried using a secret, family recipe. There are over 1,300 locations in convenience stores, truck stops, and supermarkets. After more than 50 years of business, Chester's may know how to fry with love and is happy to share what they do.

09 27 2023

Franchise Times 2024 Ranking

A quick-service fried chicken restaurant chain headquartered in Mountain Brook, Alabama, Chester's restaurants can typically be found attached to travel plazas and gas stations or inside mall food courts. In addition to wings and chicken sandwiches, Chester’s also serves fried livers and gizzards.

Chester's got its name from a character on the television show “Gunsmoke,” which was a favorite program of the brand's founder, W.O. Giles. Giles opened his first restaurant in 1965. The chain began franchising in 2004.

09 20 2023

Chester's Chicken Pits Its Popular Honey Stung Chicken Bites Against New Sweet Chili Chicken Bites

It's a Battle of the Bites! Guests who stop in Chester's Chicken this fall should be prepared for a flavor showdown between the restaurant's reigning champ, Honey Stung Chicken Bites, and the new challenger, Sweet Chili Chicken Bites.

08 31 2023

Convenience Store News Names Winners of 2023 Best New Products Awards

Consumers are redefining convenience, making snacking on the go an all-day affair, and convenience store suppliers in turn are filling the innovation pipeline with new products that meet the evolving eating and drinking habits of today’s consumers.

07 20 2023


C-store foodservice sales are projected to reach $54.7 billion by 2027 and chicken is poised to play an important role in driving those sales. Chicken sandwiches took top spots in the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot 2023 survey — which means adding a menu of chicken sandwiches and sides can help c-stores capture a slice of those sales as they vie with QSRs for a share of diners’ dollars.

06 26 2023

6 New Fast-Food Items You Can Finally Try This Week

If you frequent fast-food restaurants, chances are that you've built a set of go-to orders at your favorite chains, whether that may be a Big Mac and fries at McDonald's or a Chicken Sandwich and coleslaw at Popeyes. But one of the most exciting parts about being a fast-food fan is the knowledge that menus are almost always changing, so you can look forward to trying new food options at major chains quite often.

06 05 2023

New Fried Chicken Sandwich

Chester’s has relaunched its Fried Chicken Sandwich with a new bun, new bird and new sauce. The reinvented sandwich is built with a specially marinated and double-breaded whole breast fillet, topped with Chester’s bold and tangy award-winning signature sauce and crunchy crinkle cut dill pickles, all on a Martin’s Famous potato roll. The result is a juicier, crispier, more flavorful version of the chicken sandwich that made Chester’s famous.

06 01 2023

10 New Foods to Get Excited About in June

When it comes to food battles, it’s never too late for a new player to enter the game. Chester’s Chicken, a chain with more than 1,000 locations, has just relaunched its fried chicken sandwich with a new bun, new chicken, and new sauce. The breast fillet is marinated and double-breaded, topped with the brand’s tangy proprietary sauce and crunchy crinkle-cut dill pickles, between a Martin’s Famous Potato Roll (the bun of choice for many restaurateurs). Needless to say, this fried chicken revamp looks more stacked and juicy than the original; hopefully the tinkering pays off.

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