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With Founder's Passing, What Is Chick-fil-A's Fast-Food Future?

When news first broke that Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy had passed away, many mourned the loss of a fast-food icon. Best known for his invention of the boneless chicken sandwich and his closed-on-Sundays business practice, Cathy may have also been the last of the Baby Boomer generation to offer true eat-and-go fast food.

AFC Enterprises Changes Name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Wall art depicting a Louisiana coastal scene on the wall of a Popeyes Lousiana Grill restaurant in Kentucky
Wall art of Louisiana coastal scene on a Popeyes restaurant in Kentucky, photo/bmm

ATLANTA—AFC Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFCE),  a franchisor and operator of 2,225 restaurants, announced today that it has changed its corporate name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc..

Is Popeye's Cheryl Bachelder Food Merchant of 2012?

Leveraging consumer focused migration marketing information during its most recent quarter; Popeye’s’ same-store sales increased 8.1%.

Popeyes CEO: Franchisees Are First to Be Served

Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, presents to franchisees at a leaders conference
Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder speaks to franchisees about a restaurant upgrade at a leadership conference this year. photo/AFC Enterprises

ATLANTA — In the final of a two-part series, Cheryl Bachelder, chief executive officer of AFC Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: AFCE), holding company for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, speaks to Blue MauMau about the art of leading.

KFC Sinks, Despite New Products

Kentucky Grilled Chicken
Kentucky Grilled Chicken, KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken. Huh? photo/bmm

KFC can't seem to figure what to do as it sinks while other boats rise with the tide. It's Double Down and grilled chicken just didn't do the trick. Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A, Popeye's and others are eating into its market share.

KFC Ireland Franchise Loses $2.5M

More evidence that KFC outlets in the developed world, not just the U.S., are struggling.

Banned In Boston, Chick-fil-A Denies Discrimination

A decision this week to bar Chick-fil-A from opening on Northeastern University has led the franchisor to again deny claims of anti-gay bias.

Chick-fil-A Model, a Rare Bird

Average sales per store in 2010
chart/bmm; source/QSR magazine

With unusual franchise practices, Chick-fil-A is heads and shoulders above its competitors in store performance. So why aren't franchisors adapting its model of limiting what a franchise owner can own?

Chick-fil-A Leads in Store Sales & EBITDA

2010 Average EBITDA% for a chicken QSR
Source: Pacific Management Consulting Group

Here are US average annual sales (AUV) and estimated average store level EBITDA as a percentage of sales for select chicken quick service restaurant brands in 2010 as collected by our firm.