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Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits

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Mrs. Winner's Franchising Group, LLC
Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits
Company typePrivate
GenreFast food
Founded1979; 45 years ago (1979)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
FounderJack C. Massey
Number of locations
Area served
American Southeast
Key people
  • John Buttolph (Owner, CEO & President
RevenueIncreaseUS$5 million (2021)
OwnerJohn Buttolph
Number of employees
1,000[citation needed] (Dec 2020)
Websitewww.Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits.com

Mrs. Winner's Chicken and Biscuits is a regional fast food restaurant in the U.S. Southeast which specializes in fried chicken.[2] Mrs. Winner's is mostly known for their fried chicken and given away biscuits.


Mrs. Winner's was founded in 1970 by Jack C. Massey.[3] Massey's operating company, Volunteer Capital, bought the Granny's of Atlanta chain of 21 restaurants from L.S. Hartzog and renamed them Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits. In 1982, Volunteer Capital was renamed Winners Corp. and by December there were 64 restaurants under the Mrs. Winner's umbrella.[4] In 1984 the chain boasted a total of 184 stores but by 1989 after four years of losses, the company decided to sell the franchise [5] to RTM Inc., Arby's largest franchisee, for about $30 million.

In 2006, Famous Recipe Company Operations, Inc., owner of the Lee's Famous Recipe franchise, acquired Mrs. Winners. As of August 2007, there were 113 locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky.[6] Mrs. Winner's filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after several years of subpar financial performance.

In October, 2012 the “Mrs. Winner’s” trade name, registered trademarks, franchising rights and all related intellectual property rights were purchased by John Buttolph, its former attorney, and a new chapter opened for Mrs. Winner’s. Afterwards, Mr. Buttolph served as the Chairman/CEO of Mrs. Winner’s Holding Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Mrs. Winner’s Brand Management, LLC, Mrs. Winner’s Franchising Group, LLC and Mrs. Winner’s Operations for many years, and along with co-owner and COO, Alton Shields, rebuilt the brand. Buttolph and Shields sold Mrs. Winner's and all franchising/licensing rights to A La Carte Menu Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Gourmet Services, Inc., in April 2019.

As of December 2021, there were 19 locations remaining, primarily in Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia, with one remaining location in Tennessee.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Mrs. Winner's | Locations". www.lovemrswinners.com. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  2. ^ "MRS. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant Locations - MRS. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits". Archived from the original on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  3. ^ "OUR STORY". Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits. Retrieved 2 June 2024.
  4. ^ Ed Dinger, The Gale Group, Inc. (2006). "J. Alexander's Company Profile entry in the International Directory of Company Histories". Answers.com. Retrieved 2007-12-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Staff Reports (1990-08-15). "Volunteer Capital reports earnings for Qtr to July 1". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  6. ^ Whittaker, Kamille (August 2007). "Southern Good". Atlanta Tribune.