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Chester's International, known as Chester's or Chester's Chicken, is a fried chicken quick-service restaurant chain based in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.[1] W.O. Giles founded Chester's in October 1965 and adopted Chester the Chicken as the emerging foodservice company's mascot,[2] 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.[3]


The company began franchising its concept in July 2004 and has grown to in-line locations in shopping plazas and mall food courts. According to Entrepreneur, As of November 2022, the chain has more than 1,098 locations worldwide.[4]


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  1. ^ "Chester's International Expansion Plans Come Home to Roost". QSR. October 18, 2005. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "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. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  3. ^ Poe, Ryan (May 25, 2012). "Family-owned Chester's moves HQ to spot in Mountain Brook". Birmingham Business Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "Chester's Franchise Information". Entrepreneur. Retrieved December 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Ryan, Matt (April 23, 2021). "Cluck This is Good News! A Yummy and Rare New Food Chain is Opening at the Jersey Shore". 94.3 The Point. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Chandler, Jennifer. "Chester's Chicken To Go opens location in Downtown Memphis". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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