Golden Chick Franchise

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Detailed Information

Capital Required
$235,450 - $484,000

Liquid Capital

Financing Assistance
No Financing Available

Training and Support

Initial Franchise Fee

CEO Name
Mark Parmelee

Existing Units



Originating in Texas, Golden Chick has made its name for serving excellent fried chicken. Over the years, the company has expanded its menu to include items such as roast chicken and an assortment of salad options. Over its 50 years of existence, this restaurant franchise has expanded to locations all over the United States, as well as numerous countries in the regions of Asia, South East Asia, and South America. Golden Chick prides itself on its secret chicken marinade recipe, along with quick service and a friendly atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.

Why Choose Us?

Golden Chick prides itself on developing strong relationships with its franchisees and providing ongoing support. The company provides a personal connection with its franchise professionals, who work with franchisees to help them develop their business. The company emphasizes its flexible attitude and the fact that it has few rigid requirements for franchisees. Golden Chick states its willingness to work to help franchisees succeed. In addition, its Franchise Advisory Committee provides a way for franchisees to offer their own input and ideas on company issues.

The company continues to experience steady growth. Its fried chicken appeals to customers, while its options for platters and single portions make ordering easy. Golden Chick offers an array of side dishes, including salads, as well as posted calorie counts, making its menu items accessible to a wide range of potential customers.

Golden Chick has implemented a Veterans Program that offers veterans a 33% discount on the franchise fee. It provides considerable ongoing support to all franchisees, including marketing and design and product upgrades. Golden Chick development professionals offer field support, answers to questions and promotional programs. Franchisees receive the secret recipes, participate in Golden Chick's volume purchasing program to reduce costs, and can purchase equipment from a list of approved, reliable vendors.

Ideal Candidate

Golden Chick prizes the willingness to work hard and provide stellar customer service. It looks for franchisees who understand its mission of friendly service and who will comply with the franchisor's rules. The company values business drive and strong motivation; it is willing to go the extra mile to help a franchisee with these attributes get into business.


The company started out as Golden Fried Chicken, opening at a location in San Marcos, Texas, in 1967. From its beginning, the company's founder intended it to operate as an example of the best a franchise company could be. The company enjoyed substantial growth; when it was sold in 1982, it had 39 locations open in various Texas cities.

In 1989, an investment group bought the company – a move supported by its franchisees. In the following years, it expanded to over 150 restaurants. In 1993, the company implemented some major changes, including the new name of Golden Chick. Other improvements consisted of an updated restaurant design and an expanded menu.

Today, the Golden Chick menu still features its original fried chicken, tenders and roast chicken. It marked its 50th anniversary in 2017. Although it has expanded internationally, its values include preserving its Texas principles of tasty food and friendly service.

Training And Support

Golden Chick provides guidance during the application process and manager training afterwards. The company prides itself on being a Full Service Franchisor.

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