Southern Fried Chicken

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Southern Fried Chicken
Fast Food Franchise
Founded1970; 48 years ago (1970)
FounderArthur Withers
HeadquartersReading, England
ProductsFried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken is a British-based fast food outlet. It operates a franchise network in the United Kingdom and worldwide. It has 700 store outlets, across over 79 countries.


Southern Fried Chicken was founded in the 1970s by Arthur Withers. In 1973, Withers travelled to America to work for Barbeque King; there, he improved his knowledge of the commercial fast food business. Withers made a visit to Greenville, South Carolina, where he learned about fried chicken.[1]

In 1983, Southern Fried Chicken moved into the offices they are still in today, complete with its own manufacturing department.

In 1999, Southern Fried Chicken met an Alendvic Company and started to expand the love of fried chicken in Russia, starting in the Perm region. The Perm region now has over 25 outlets.

The company is currently headed by his son, Andrew Withers.[2]


Southern Fried Chicken currently has 700 store outlets, across over 79 countries worldwide. All stores have schemed interior designs and have been applied to create clean, spacious and comfortable restaurants. Designs are suited to all types of premises and existing architecture.

Southern Fried Chicken operates in areas that cover Europe, Arabia, Mena regions, Africa and South America; as well as India, which includes the Asia-Pac regions. They are also making the first steps to reach the Chinese Market.

The most recent outlet openings include Hyderabad and Mongolia as well as having existing franchises in Senegal and Malta and a mobile unit in Martinique.

Undercover Boss[edit]

In July 2011, Andrew Withers took part in the Channel 4 documentary series Undercover Boss, where he went undercover to work at various franchises in the United Kingdom.[3]


  1. ^ "SFC". Southern Fried Chicken. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Southern Fried Chicken - chicken restaurants - Franchise World, founded in 1978, is the UK's longest-established franchise magazine".
  3. ^ "Undercover Boss - Features - Boss Interview: Andrew Withers". Channel 4. 6 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.

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