The first restaurant was in 1967 in San Marcos, Texas under the name Golden Fried Chicken. Franchising started in 1972. A decade later, the franchise grew to a number of restaurants primarily in Central Texas, with a focus on cities like Austin, San Antonio. Eventually it expanded outside to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and then crossed the state line into Oklahoma. There are currently 115 stores operating in Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina and plans for international development.
Since 1985, the chain's flagship menu item has been its chicken strips, trademarked as Golden Tenders. In 1996, Golden Fried Chicken abbreviated into its present name Golden Chick.
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