- Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Texas Chicken in Garhoud Dubai
Texas Chicken in Garhoud Dubai – Texas Chicken was established in the UAE in 2008 and is operated by by First Food Services. First restaurant was opened in the capital, Abu Dhabi, and is now nearing 20 branches across all Emirates.
It all started in San Antonio, Texas in 1952. George W. Church Sr., a retired incubator salesman with more than 20 years in the poultry industry, conceived the idea of offering freshly cooked, quality fried chicken at a time when only hot dogs and ice cream were marketed fast-food style.
The first “Church’s Fried Chicken to Go” was located in downtown San Antonio, across the street from the Alamo. The restaurant sold only fried chicken. Church added French fries and jalapeños to the menu in 1955. George Church’s idea paid off, and at the time of his death in 1956, four Church’s were open. Other members of the family became active in the business, and by 1962 the chain had grown to eight locations in San Antonio.
The Church family was bought out in October 1968, and in May 1969 Church’s Fried Chicken, Inc. became a publicly held company. At the end of 1969, over 100 Church’s restaurants were in operation in seven states. Between 1969 and 1974, Church’s grew by an additional 387 restaurants. At year-end 1974, there were 487 Church’s in 22 states with total revenues of more than $100 million. The highlight of this period was the opening of the national headquarters complex and manufacturing plant on a six-acre site in northwest San Antonio.
International expansion began in 1979, under two brands “Church’s Chicken” and “Texas Chicken” with the announcement of the first Church’s abroad. The company subsequently established locations in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Indonesia.
By 1989, Church’s was the second-largest chicken franchise organization in the United States.
In August 10, 2009, a San Francisco based private equity firm, Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe LLC (FFL) acquired Church’s Chicken and became its parent company. Today, the company is focused on new product development, restaurant expansion domestically and internationally, and providing its guests with superior service and products.