Church’s Chicken inks ‘largest ever’ deal to expand across Ohio

Church’s Chicken announced today it has entered into its largest franchise-development deal in its history that will result in multiple new restaurants opening in Ohio and other states.

The announcement comes less than six months after two of the five Dayton-area Church’s Chicken locations shut down.

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Church’s inked a multi-year deal with Goalz Restaurant Group to develop 20 Church’s Chicken restaurants per year across six states: Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina and South Carolina. The deal is the largest Church’s has ever struck with a single operator, Church’s officials said.

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A Church’s Chicken spokeswoman said today it is too soon to say which cities and markets will see new Church’s Chicken locations.

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Shawn Eby, President of Goalz Restaurant Group, partnered with American Development Partners (ADP) for development of the restaurants, according to a release. ADP will invest money to fund real estate acquisitions, construction, and design, and will be the build-to-suit landlord of Goalz. Eby has more than 30 years of quick-service restaurant operations experience and will oversee the operations of each restaurant as they are developed.

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“I believe Church’s Chicken’s strong brand will back the success of these new restaurants,” Eby said. “Due to Church’s 65-year legacy, I am confident in making such a significant commitment. Their quality product, store design, operational model, and management team are the key reasons we are making this investment.”

“The Goalz Restaurant Group has a proven history that fits perfectly with Church’s domestic expansion strategy,” Tony Moralejo, executive vice president of international business and global development at Church’s Chicken, said in a release. “This development deal will substantially grow the number of guests who can enjoy our signature quality food and great chicken experiences.”

Church’s operates three Dayton-area locations:

The locations that remain open are:

• 1113 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

• 2443 N. Gettysburg Ave., Dayton

• 5711 N. Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp.

The two restaurants that were shut down in late December were at 529 N. Broadway St. in Dayton and 2131 W. Third St. in Dayton.

Founded in San Antonio, Church’s Chicken has more than 1,600 locations in 27 countries and generates system-wide sales of more than $1 billion.

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