Golden Chick

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Golden Chick
Founded1967; 54 years ago (1967)
San Marcos, Texas, US
HeadquartersRichardson, Texas
Areas served
United States, Jordan
Key people
David Rutkowski (CFO)
Jim Stevens President
Productsfried chicken
Revenue$ 155.4 million
ParentGolden Tree Restaurants LLC

Golden Chick is a fast casual restaurant franchisor serving fried chicken. The company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Jim Stevens, who was previously the COO of Yoshinoya America replaced Mark Parmerlee on May 24, 2019 and is now the current president.[1]

The first restaurant was in 1967 in San Marcos, Texas, under the name Golden Fried Chicken.[2] 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 and San Antonio. Eventually it expanded outside to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and then crossed the state line into Oklahoma and crossed the ocean into Karachi, Pakistan.[citation needed] There are currently 180 stores operating in Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida,[1] Amman, Jordan and further plans for international development including one in China.[2]

Since 1985, the chain's flagship menu item has been its chicken strips, trademarked as Golden Tenders. In 1996, Golden Fried Chicken abbreviated to its present name, Golden Chick.[2]

In 2017, Golden Chick celebrated its 50th anniversary, and sponsored Texas Country Reporter.

The parent company of Golden Chick, Golden Tree Restaurants has other subsidiaries: Heff's Burgers, Jalapeno Tree, JC's Burger House, Texadelphia and Fireside pies.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Ruggless, Ron (May 24, 2019). "Golden Chick names franchisee president". Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Golden Chick Opens in Brownwood". KTAB-TV. June 21, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2019.

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