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Golden Chick

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Golden Chick
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1967; 57 years ago (1967)
San Marcos, Texas, US
HeadquartersRichardson, Texas
Number of locations
210 (2022)
Areas served
United States
Key people
David Rutkowski (CFO)
Mark Parmerlee (President (corporate title))
Howard Terry (CMO)
Brian Loescher(COO)
Andrew Ross(Creative Director)
ProductsFried chicken
Revenue$155.4 million
ParentGolden Southern LLC

Golden Chick, formerly known as Golden Fried Chicken, is a quick-service restaurant franchise headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Mark Parmerlee,[1] head of Golden Tree Restaurants[2] serves as the President and Chairman.


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 Houston,[3][4] Austin and San Antonio.[5] Eventually it expanded outside to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and then crossed the state line into Oklahoma. There are currently 211 restaurants operating in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.[6] In 2022, Golden Chick was included in Nation's Restaurant News' Top 200 Restaurant Brands in the U.S. (#142).  Focused on innovation and growth, Golden Chick recently completed its third modular constructed restaurant.[citation needed]

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. The family-oriented brand is the creator of the Original Golden Tenders® and the Big & Golden™ Chicken Sandwich, along with other chef-inspired menu items including its Golden Roast Chicken and Zagat-recognized Chicken Salad.[citation needed]

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

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.[6]

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  1. ^ "Dallas Business Journal Most Admired CEO".
  2. ^ "Golden Tree Restaurants".
  3. ^ "Golden Chick Employees Become Franchisees in Houston".
  4. ^ "Retail wrap: Georgia James, Face Foundrié, South Beach nightclub unveil new spaces". 7 July 2022.
  5. ^ "San Antonio's Castle Hills neighborhood gains new Golden Chick location".
  6. ^ a b "Golden Chick location". Retrieved May 26, 2019.

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