American quick service restaurant chain Church’s Chicken has sold 70 of its company-owned restaurants in Texas to a new franchise operator Ampler Chicken.

In addition, six of its outlets in Atlanta were purchased by an existing franchise operator in Orlando, Sal Kabiruddin of KSH Chicken Restaurants.

The sales are part of the restaurant’s strategic plans to create an expanded footprint in Texas and Atlantic regions.

Church’s Chicken CEO Joe Christina said: “Texas is the birthplace of Church’s Chicken, and our headquarters are in Atlanta. These are both critical territories.

“These two areas offer future strategic growth opportunities for the brand in the year ahead. Ampler Chicken is led by industry veterans with a successful track record overseeing the operations of thousands of restaurants.”

Ampler Chicken, a multi-unit franchisee of Church’s Chicken is being led by Steve Wiborg and Mike Collins.

The two sales follow after the company carried out numerous changes to its executive leadership, agency structure, international growth strategy, and franchisee relationships during the year.

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Christina further added: “While the ownership of these restaurants is changing, our company values and dedication to exceptional taste, quality, and service continues and is more important than ever.”

Peak Franchise Capital has served as the advisor to Church’s on the sale transaction with Ampler Chicken.

Having more than 1,650 locations in 27 countries, Church’s Chicken was founded by George W. Church in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952.

The restaurant specialises in Original and Spicy Chicken, Tender Strips, sandwiches, honey-butter biscuits, and classic.