Southern Fried Chicken

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Southern Fried Chicken
Fast Food Franchise
Industry Restaurant
Founded 1983; 34 years ago (1983)
Founder Arthur Withers
Headquarters Reading, England
Products Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken is a British based fast food outlet. It operates a franchise network in the United Kingdom and worldwide, with over 700 stores in seventy countries.


Southern Fried Chicken was founded in the 1970s by Arthur Withers. In the 1970s, 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] The company is currently headed by his son, Andrew Withers.[2]


Southern Fried Chicken (franchise) in Forum shopping centre foodcourt, Helsinki.

The company has 700 franchises worldwide.[3][4] In 2012, the company opened their first company-owned branch in Whitley, Reading (England). The first drive thru restaurant in the United Kingdom opened in December 2012 in Whitley by two franchises.[5]

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.[6]

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