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Church's Chicken (US) to Expand its Presence in Canada

24 Jan 2019 - Three Ontario Franchises and One Alberta Franchise Join Existing Canadian Presence

On the heels of a recent report by Canadian Poultry Magazine, which identified a steady and growing preference for chicken as the most chosen protein source among Canadians, the popular global fried chicken chain, Church's Chicken, has announced the addition of four new franchisees to the brand's growing Canadian landscape.

"The growing chicken market in Canada has been a key component of our expansion strategy in the western hemisphere," said Eduardo Garcia, Senior Director of Americas Business for Church's Chicken. "The fact that we've been able to successfully initiate not just one, but four new franchise relationships, is a testament to the brand's reputation of having a quality product and strong business model."

Mian Nadeem will be leading their new franchise operations in Southwest Ontario to include York, Hamilton, Niagara, Waterloo, and Wellington-Peel as well as the municipalities of Oakville and Burlington, where the team also owns a real estate brokerage – The Empire Realty Point, a real estate development company under the same Empire umbrella, and a master franchise agreement with Freedom mobile throughout Ontario.

Another new franchisee for the York Region is a group of brothers. This group is a dynamic Ontario-based company headed by three co-entrepreneurs: Arslan Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad, and Rizwan Ahmad. The brothers and partners come from a successful business family with vast experience in retail and customer service. All the brothers are very passionate about the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry, and the Church's brand in particular. "Our group and team are optimistic hard workers who will put in the effort and service it takes to make Church's Chicken Canada's favorite fried chicken restaurant," offered Operating Principal Arslan Ahmad.

Leading the development in the Durham Region of the Greater Toronto Area will be a group of investors led by the group's Operating Principal, Mr. Shazaib Shah. In addition to Shazaib, the group's directors are Muneer Khan, Ashraf Salem, and Abdul Khan. Together, the group has more than 20 years of expertise in quick service restaurants and retail markets bringing insight from multiple business disciplines. "What started off as a family dream of being able to one day serve what we love, we are honored and eager to bring the love of bold Texas flavor and quality fried chicken to our home in Canada," said Shah.

In Alberta, Fays Enterprises Ltd, under the leadership of CEO Mian Ahmad and operating partner Yasir Saeed, bring a combined 20+ years in the food and retail industry, and are looking forward to extending the Church's Chicken quality food and genuine hospitality experience to the people of Edmonton. "We take great pride in upholding the top-notch industry standards and guest satisfaction people associate with Church's products," said Mian.

"We're very eager to see all of these new franchisees bring the Church's Chicken brand front and center in consumers' minds when it comes to quality food and superior value," said Tony Moralejo, Executive Vice President of International Business for Church's Chicken/Texas Chicken. "Church's is expanding across Canada building on our already strong presence in Vancouver. Our ultimate goal is to become the top chicken choice for the ever-growing number of Canadians who love eating deliciously prepared chicken."

About Church's Chicken

Founded in San Antonio, TX in 1952 by George W. Church, Church's Chicken, along with its sister brand Texas Chicken outside of the Americas, is one of the largest quick service chicken restaurant chains in the world. The brands specialize in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, honey-butter biscuits made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Church's Chicken and Texas Chicken have more than 1,500 locations in 23 countries and global markets and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion.

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