Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits
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Mrs. Winner's Chicken and Biscuits is a regional fast food restaurant in the U.S. Southeast which specializes in fried chicken. There are currently 11 stores located in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. Mrs. Winner's is mostly known for their fried chicken and 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. 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. 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.
Trademark and Copyright
The Mrs. Winner's Chicken & Biscuits brand, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, and intellectual property are currently owned by Mrs. Winner's Brand Management LLC.
John Buttolph acquired Mrs. Winners trademarks and trade dress from Winners International Restaurants Franchise Services, Inc. ("WIRFS") "via strict foreclosure under revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code" in October 2012. In January 2013 Buttolph assigned the trademarks and intellectual property to Mrs. Winner's Brand Management, a Georgia LLC.
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