Southern Fried Chicken
Tom Keighley

Southern Fried Chicken to expand in UK and internationally

Fast food franchise Southern Fried Chicken are planning to significantly increase their number of restaurants across the world, and in the UK.

The brand owned by Berkshire-headquartered Fast Food Systems (FFS), operates sites across the North East, including South Shields, Chester le Street and Washington.

Following investment in rebranding of the Southern Fried Chicken name, Fast Food Systems are aiming to attract new franchisees and open up further opportunities to multi-site partners.

The firm have experienced growth in Russia, Nigeria and the Middle East and a number of ‘master licences’ are planned in North Afria, the Middle East and South Africa.

FFS managing director, Andrew Withers, said: “What is appealing is the relative low cost of a total restaurant conversion under the new brand, compared to similar international brands.”

The firm say a franchise could establish itself with an initial investment of less than £140k, including training and support.

Outlets operate on a fixed management service fee (royalty) which is not tied to success and equates to less than 2.5% of turnover for an average location, according to the firm.

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