Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits

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Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits
Founded1979; 42 years ago (1979)
Fatenew ownership 2012
Key people
John Buttolph
ProductsFast food, including fried chicken, biscuits and fixins

Mrs. Winner's Chicken and Biscuits is a regional fast food restaurant in the U.S. Southeast which specializes in fried chicken.[1] Mrs. Winner's is mostly known for their fried chicken and given away biscuits.


Mrs. Winner's was founded in 1979 by Jack C. Massey. 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] As of August 2018, there were 14 locations remaining, primarily in North Carolina and Georgia, with one remaining location in Tennessee.[5]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2014-06-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Ed Dinger, The Gale Group, Inc. (2006). "J. Alexander's Company Profile entry in the International Directory of Company Histories". Retrieved 2007-12-19.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Staff Reports (1990-08-15). "Volunteer Capital reports earnings for Qtr to July 1". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  4. ^ Whittaker, Kamille (August 2007). "Southern Good". Atlanta Tribune.
  5. ^ "Mrs. Winner's | Locations". Retrieved 2018-08-18.