Chester's International

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Chester's International, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a fried chicken quick-service restaurant in the 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]

Today, Chester's is mainly found as a food service offering in convenience stores and travel plazas across the country, such as Pilot Flying J,[4] 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, the chain has more than 1,800 locations worldwide.[5]

Publix Deli Fried Chicken is actually Chester's Fried Chicken sold under the Publix label.

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