Southern Fried Chicken (franchise)

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Southern Fried Chicken (franchise)
Type Fast Food Franchise
Industry Restaurant
Founded 1983
Headquarters Reading, England
Products Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken is a British-based fast food chain, which is a franchise network in U.K. and several company-owned worldwide[clarification needed] with over 700 stores in 70 countries.[unreliable source?]


Southern Fried Chicken was founded in the 1970s by Arthur Withers. In the 1970s Withers travelled to America to work in Barbeque King; there, he improved his knowledge of the commercial fast food business. Withers made a visit to Greenville, South Carolina, where he learned about fried chicken.[1] The company is currently headed by his son, Andrew Withers.


Southern Fried Chicken (franchise) in Forum shopping centre foodcourt, Helsinki.

The company has 700 franchises world wide.[unreliable source?] In 2012,the company opened their first company-owned branch in Whitley, Reading (England).[unreliable source?]

The first drive thru restaurant in the UK opened in December 2012 in Whitley by 2 franchises.[2]

Undercover Boss[edit]

In 2011, Andrew Withers took part in the Channel 4 documentary series Undercover Boss, where he went undercover to work at various franchises in the UK.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SFC". Southern Fried Chicken. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  2. ^ Entrepreneurs invest £400,000 to bring fast-food concept to Wolverhampton
  3. ^ "Undercover Boss - Features - Boss Interview: Andrew Withers". Channel 4. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 

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