Church’s Chicken has development agreements with four new franchisees to open more than 30 new restaurants, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The Atlanta-based fried chicken chain said new restaurants are slated for Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; Los Angeles, Memphis, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; and areas of northern Mississippi.

Church’s also is currently taking on former sister company Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits in the spicy fried chicken arena. Church’s recently launched new spicy chicken is part of the company’s ambitious growth plans now that it has been freed from AFC Enterprises Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AFCE) yoke.

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