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  1. Southern Fried Chicken, where next?

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    The question that Chris Gibson, President of Southern Fried Chicken, gets asked more than most is “where are you looking to open next?” Well apart from the hope that the brand will be the first franchise on the Moon, by capitalising on the laws of physics and possible simple pressure frying in space, the answer isn’t that simple.

    What is clear is that after another great year signing up multi-site franchisees for another eight countries that there is a list of target destinations that are prime franchise opportunities for investors and the proven chicken brand. This isn’t just a wish list, more a defined list where Southern Fried Chicken will fit into in a territory with slight changes to cater for local culture. Places that Southern Fried can likely make its mark with limited saturation of other global brands.

    So apart from simply saying “the rest of the World” as a stock answer, the actual answer is a little more detailed, but with reason and a bit of thought and analysis.

    With success in Malta, Tenerife, Crete and Cyprus over the last two decades, there are definitely opportunities in other islands in the Mediterranean. Ibiza, Menorca, Sardinia or indeed any of the Greek Islands could certainly benefit from a seasonal operation with a special fee structure that recognises the close season, something that is slightly different to most food franchises.

    The reality is that most holiday destinations can do very well with a low cost restaurant set up that has the usual high level of training and support, just a bit more condensed during the summer months. FFS Brands are actively seeking applicants from all over the Mediterranean and with the Euro stronger than the UK pound the set up cost is lower than ever.

    The second area of real targeted interest is the Caribbean, with the usual high quality restaurant opening in the region, especially Martinique which is exciting for the brand. With huge potential in the crescent of islands a particular focus is for Cuba before other US brands start there. FFS Brands demonstrated real interest by attending the IFA in New York specifically to meet visitors from South American and the Caribbean.

    Contrary to most global brands Southern Fried Chicken isn’t fazed by gradual growth with two, three or four restaurants opening in as many years. This type of gradual growth would be frowned upon by some franchised brands but not FFS Brands.

    Africa remains the key focus after a dramatic year and with five new Master Developers joining recently. North Africa remains available but there are four specific countries targeted currently, Angola, Ghana, Mali and Namibia. All with huge potential for the brand.

    Heading East from the UK head office, Southern Fried Chicken is already established in Russia with 60 restaurants and plans for another 40. There are a further 25 in neighbouring CIS states. The natural growth is already apparent however targeted countries to further add to the brand presence is for Uzbekistan, Georgia and Turkmenistan.

    So now you know but the quickest answer is “developing markets, because we know how to set restaurants up!”

  2. New Store Openings: Early 2016

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    Southern Fried Chicken have welcomed in the new year with a flurry of new store openings!

    Two more stores have opened in Perm, Russia, bringing the total to 43 stores operated by our franchisee Alendvic. The Latest Southern Fried Chicken restaurant opened in Krasnov shopping mall.

    Another addition to our family is Southern Fried Chicken Dakar. This store, situated in a busy main street, has had an exceptional start. Our Operations Manager enjoyed 30 degrees heat during the opening, escaping the British Winter. The restaurant is decorated in our Urban style and looks beautiful. Franchisee Houssam el Riz is already well advanced in his preparation for opening store two with the building work completed and decoration underway.  Houssam and business partner Aly  are Master Franchisees for Senegal and Cote D’ivoire.

    Andrew and Chris both attended the grand opening of our first store in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Our new master franchisee for the region has done a great job opening his first shop and we look forward to opening another in 2016.


  3. New Videos

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    Our partner in Kazakhstan has created some really great videos for use in her five restaurants and on TV screens in the shopping centre.

    They show how are food is freshly prepared by friendly staff and look… just great!

    Thank you Saltanat

    Have a look at the first video. This shows off the popular SFC Tortilla

    This second video shows off the iconic SFC Fillet Sandwich

    and finally here is the SFC Burger

    We love sharing great ideas with our partners around the world, if you have an idea that you would like to share with other Southern Fried Chicken franchisees email us at

  4. Congratulations Chris!

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    Everybody here at Southern Fried Chicken would like to congratulate Chris on his promotion to President. This will put Chris in day to day charge of the company, however, he will retain his role of developing our brand internationally through our network of master franchises. Andrew will take on the role of Chairman looking at our development strategy both in franchising and our other business areas at group level.
    Meet Chris in this short video.

  5. Interview with Andrew Withers on View TV

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  6. Dragons’ Den

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    Have you a proposition for our friendly dragons?

    This year we have a new and very exciting event taking place during the lead up to carnival day itself. The friendly dragons will be made up of a cross section of industry and all come with a wealth of knowledge.

    Organising the event are members from the Woodley Business Club, an informal monthly meeting point for businesses and business owners in Woodley.

    Read more at Woodley Carnival

  7. Expanding your business overseas: A 10-point plan

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    Growing your business in another country isn’t as simple as duplicating everything that has been done previously. Andrew Withers, managing director of Southern Fried Chicken, which operates franchises in 70 countries, provides 10 tips for making that international step up.

    Read more at Business Zone

  8. Franchising With ‘Undercover Boss’ Andrew Withers

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    Today we were fortunate enough to have ‘The Undercover Boss’ Andrew Withers on our show Chips and Chatter. Andrew took his father ( Arthur Withers ) recipe for Southern Fried Chicken and launched an international Franchise.

    Read more at Chips and Chatter

    Listen to the interview here