What You Need To Know Before Eating At Church’s Chicken

church's chicken might not be as popular as chick-fil-a or have as story to history as kfc but it's nevertheless been a fast food staple for decades so keep watching to discover how it grew to where it is today from its early beginnings in the heart of texas whataburger might be the lone star state's favorite hamburger but churches is king when it comes to texas chicken it also has the upper hand or wing when it comes to the state's history as it was founded across the street from a famous american landmark we're talking of course about the alamo george w church opened the first church's chicken in alamo plaza in 1952.

It didn't even have a dining room and patrons would walk right up to the window where they could get two pieces of fried chicken and a roll for just 49 cents the restaurant wasn't much more than a small shack but it obviously made an impact on san antonions and within 10 years churches has expanded to eight locations in the city so the next time you're driving and see the lone star just know it was all first made nsa when it comes to fast food chicken kfc is the big bird that everyone else looks to follow although chick-fil-a has been encroaching on its territory in recent years back in the 1960s there were 600 kentucky fried chicken locations scattered throughout the united states if the little guys wanted to get ahead they'd have to outsmart colonel sanders and that's exactly what church's chicken did even though kfc was busy building a fried chicken empire across the country the company was pretty picky about where it would put its new restaurants they avoided low-income urban neighborhoods so church's chicken saw an opportunity there and thus it began moving into areas that kfc wasn't interested in this would ultimately prove to be a successful expansion plan for churches in 1962 they had just eight locations but by the end of the decade they had over 100 restaurants in seven states oh chicken must eat need money any means necessary you can find church's chicken locations throughout the united states but if you go to any other country in the world you'll have a hard time finding one that doesn't mean you can't get your favorite church's combo platter anywhere else just that it won't be offered at a restaurant named churches that's because outside of the u.s it's called texas chicken and it can be found everywhere from egypt to indonesia and as far away as new zealand the company began expanding internationally in the 1980s and chose to go with the name texas chicken for two reasons first they didn't want to imply any religious connotations second texas chicken conjures up images of cowboys and just screams america and foreign markets the texas chicken logo at some locations mimics a similar design and color scheme as the church's chicken logo that changed in 2019 though at least for canadian locations as the brand got a logo redesign and it's now known north of the border as church's texas chicken understandably a company with three different names might be a bit confusing but rest assured it's all the same chicken churches gotta love it despite its name church's chicken has no affiliation with any actual churches church is merely the last name of the restaurant's founder while the company has gone to great lengths to avoid this sort of confusion in the international market it hasn't always been 100 foolproof in 2015 texas chicken malaysia received a facebook message from a concerned customer who was upset about being tricked into eating chicken made by a church malaysia is a country that is 61 muslim and the customer was concerned that the chain was serving non-halal food the location that served the meal was in fact called texas chicken though it said churches on the dipping sauce label and that's what made the customer worried texas chicken malaysia's social media team cleared up the confusion explaining the company's backstory and reassuring facebook fans that there was no religious context in the end the customer apologized for causing the minor stir and all was right in the world of fast food chicken it's not uncommon to see certain combination restaurants under the same roof like pizza hut and taco bell or long john silvers and a w fans of church's chicken and white castle will also find a few locations where both brands share the same building what separates them from a pizza hut taco bell combo is that churches and white castle aren't owned by the same parent company and never have been unlike so many fast food chains white castle has skirted industry trends and is a completely family-run business so how then did this partnership come to be the exact details of the business partnership aren't entirely known but according to the book selling them by the sack it came to fruition in the mid 90s both restaurants serve their own menu items while sharing the same restaurant space and both companies also share the same supply chain company which undoubtedly makes running co-branded restaurants a little easier either way the fact that fast food customers can get a fried chicken meal with a slider on the side is pretty cool convenience and cheap prices are the big drivers behind fast food sales but it never hurts to have a mascot around to remind people of the deep fried delights awaiting them when george w church launched his chicken business in the early 50s the restaurant had a mascot by the name of cherche who was a plump little fellow in a chef's hat holding a fork churchy may not have exactly been as attention-grabbing a character as ronald mcdonald for example but he nevertheless managed to hang around for a few decades sometime in the 80s churchy underwent a physical transformation from a man in a chef's hat to a full-blown chicken this happened around the time that the brand introduced its record-setting church's big sandwich the original cherche occasionally still pops up nowadays but it's mostly only in social media throwback photos partnerships between sports and fast food joints are nothing new pizza hut has teamed up with the super bowl while mcdonald's has hooked up with the olympics as for church's chicken it turns out that chess was a beloved hobby in the church household the company's sponsorship of chess tournaments goes as far back as 1972 and a partnership with the united states chess federation continued through at least 1986 a 1972 tournament in san antonio sponsored by churches was dubbed the fried chicken tournament and included some of the best players in the world and the winners didn't merely walk away with a lousy t-shirt or a box of free-fried chicken instead george w church put up ten thousand dollars of his own money for the winnings with the first prize winner getting a purse of four thousand dollars while four grand is certainly nothing to scoff at it was apparently too low at the time for chess prodigy bobby fisher who declined the invite to attend the tournament it's no secret that 2019 was a big year for fast food chicken when popeyes kicked off the chicken sandwich wars alas church's chicken was nowhere to be found when popeyes was dominating headlines churches hadn't even had a national advertising campaign in 10 years the company has seen years of declining sales so it should come as no surprise to learn that numerous locations have closed in recent years 15 locations closed in 2015 for not paying taxes while other locations have closed without much explanation at all in 2018 greenville south carolina saw several of its church's chicken locations closed with only handwritten notes on the doors asking customers to visit other locations the company didn't go into much detail about the reasons for the shutterings though some sleuthing by the greenville news linked the locations to a foreclosure lawsuit that's at least more information than the church's chicken fans of mansfield ohio were given in 2020 that year a reporter with the richland source who thought he had picked up an easy story about the local church's chicken closure was given the runaround from all of his sources and came up with no answers while church's chicken may be eyeing better days ahead be aware that if your nearest location ends up shutting down the reason behind it may very well remain a mystery when i found out church's chicken was closed i was i was i was just shocked fast food can be a pretty cutthroat business and there's certainly something to be said for the old adage that there's strength in numbers it's not uncommon for different restaurants to be part of the same chain and for a number of years churches was part of what could best be described as a fried chicken power couple popeyes and churches might seem like they'd be sworn enemies but in 1989 they united their poultry powers as one while the two restaurants operated separately they were theoretically the second largest fried chicken chain in the united states behind only kfc popeye's owner al copeland went back and forth with churches before an agreement was reached for a buyout of the chicken chain for 395.4 million dollars the two restaurants had combined sales the previous year of 1 billion and while that might sound like a lot it was still nothing compared to the powerhouse of kfc's 4.9 billion figure the popeyes and churches partnership lasted for 15 years but eventually all good things must come to a finger-licking end in 2004 the chicken brand's parent company afc enterprises inc sold church's chicken to a venture capital firm if you head over to the menu page of the church's chicken website you'll see a lot of the typical sides of a fast food fried chicken joint mashed potatoes macaroni and cheese biscuits coleslaw etc but there's only one item that really stands out from the norm and that would be the jalapenos churches offers multiple jalapeno-based items including fried jalapenos stuffed with cheese but the really classic church's chicken side dish is the pickled jalapeno one of our original items is our jalapenos and i think that's our signature item it's something that guests love to pair with our chicken the jalapeno peppers have been on the church's menu since the early days according to jennifer chasteen the company's vice president of brand strategy they're a nod to the brand's texas roots as she told qsr magazine the jalapeno is an original menu item that dates back to way back when guests have been squeezing jalapeno juice over our chicken for spice and heat for 65 years so we take that jalapeno and add it into various configurations and items that's where the jalapeno cheese bomber came from it's one of our most popular unique sides churches takes its jalapenos pretty seriously like in 2017 when chris ward the company's supply chain vice president took a trip down to mexico to visit jalapeno farms and negotiate pricing for 80 000 cases of the peppers per year sometimes fast food chains get a little too big for their britches and think that they can successfully expand into other culinary areas mcdonald's tried it with pizza while burger king ventured into tacos more often than not though these experiments fail miserably and become but a blip in a company's timeline in the late 70s churches tried to enter the burger market in a big way instead of simply adding hamburgers to the menu though george w church opted instead to open an entire new chain of restaurants called gw juniors church opened the first location in 1979 and ramped up operations of the budding chain incredibly fast but probably a little too fast by 1982 there were 62 gw juniors locations throughout texas but by 1985 they had all closed up for good churches was reportedly having some philosophical differences within its upper management at the time and gw juniors became a casualty of the turmoil now it's merely a fading memory for texans who hope and dream that it will one day stage a comeback check out one of our newest videos right here plus even more mashed videos about your favorite stuff are coming soon subscribe to our youtube channel and hit the bell so you don't miss a single one you

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What You Need To Know Before Eating At Church's Chicken

There was a time when KFC was the only real name in fast food fried chicken, at least in certain parts of the country, but that isn’t the case anymore. One chain that has been competing with KFC for quite some time is the Texas-based restaurant Church’s Chicken. What started as nothing more than a fast food stand next to the Alamo has turned into one of the most successful chicken restaurants in the world, although if you want to eat it overseas, it will likely have a different name. Let’s take a look at what you need to know before eating at Church’s Chicken.

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Remembering the Alamo | 0:00
Early expansion | 1:02
A Church's by another name | 1:57
Keeping the "church" out | 3:01
White Castle partnership | 3:58
Church's mascot | 4:57
Sponsoring chess tournaments | 5:43
Abrupt closures | 6:37
Fried chicken power couple | 7:57
Church's jalapenos | 9:04
Expanding into burgers | 10:23

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