“Chester’s success can be attributed to our commitment to our retailers,” says Chester’s spokesperson.
The milestone was crossed with three recent openings: Sunmart Store #115 in Fargo, N.D., Bailey’s in Franklin Furnace, Ohio and College Marathon in Indianapolis, Ind.
“Chester’s success can be attributed to our commitment to our retailers, and in return the store operators commitment to the brand, stated Kathryn Kudulis, brand manager. “It’s exciting to be part of a company where focus on the customer is evident from the top down.”
The Franchise has attracted a loyal following in their 46 years, with more than 1,800 stores that can now be found in the U.S., Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. In 2011, Chester’s was ranked #164 by Franchise Times in their top 200 Franchise Systems and #229 in Entreprenuer.com’s Franchise 500.
Despite the economic recession, Chester’s has continued to see very strong growth both domestically and internationally. Data from the USDA indicates that chicken consumption has more than doubled since 1970 and is the most popular of all meats. Its versatility and popularity has made it a staple in virtually every restaurant that you will visit. This information coupled with industry expectations that convenience store food sales will outperform the restaurant and food industry averages makes Chester’s well positioned for success.
“It’s an excellent time to be partnering with a fried chicken QSR like Chester’s”, stated Jennifer Peek, internal sales manager. “We provide on-site training, grand opening support, and scheduled consulting visits for each of our locations.” Chester’s flexibility along with no franchise fees or royalties has made the company popular with many industry leaders including Love’s Travel Stops, Circle K and Kum & Go.
Chester’s is often associated with travel stops, convenience stores and supermarkets, but can also be found in airports and sports arenas as well as other non-traditional locations. Chester’s locations feature menu options including their double breaded chicken, potato wedges and signature sauces. They also offer dine-in, carry-out and catering options.