Chester’s International, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a fried chicken quick-service restaurant in the U.S. W.O. Giles founded Chester's in October 1965 and adopted Chester the Chicken as the emerging foodservice company's mascot, named for the Chester Goode character on Gunsmoke, a favorite TV show of Giles'. In late 2012, the company moved its headquarters to the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama.
Today, Chester's is predominately found as a foodservice offering in convenience stores and travel plazas across the country, such as Pilot Flying J, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, and TravelCenters of America.
The company began franchising its concept in July 2004 and has grown to in-line locations in shopping plazas and mall food courts. As of July 2012[update], the chain has more than 1,800 locations worldwide.
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- "Beloved Chester the Chicken Turns 40 and Invites Everyone to the Celebration with a Birthday Party and 40 Cent Chicken Tenders" (Press release). Franchise Bison. September 23, 2005. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
- Poe, Ryan (May 25, 2012). "Family-owned Chester’s moves HQ to spot in Mountain Brook". Birmingham Business Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
- "Chester's International adds 3 stores". Birmingham Business Journal. July 20, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
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