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LEE'S FAMOUS RECIPE CHICKEN
www.leesfamousrecipe.com / HQ: Shalimar, Fla. / Specialty: Chicken, homestyle
sides and biscuits / Chuck Cooper, president: "As a concept we've proven ourselves."

Lee's has stuck to the original recipe
of chicken for 51 years, which is
complemented by its homestyle sides.

Spring Chicken
Founded 51 years ago, Lee's Famous RecipeĀ®
Chicken is growing with innovation. BY BIANCA HERRON
Lee Cummings, nephew of
KFC's founder Colonel Sanders,
founded Lee's Famous RecipeĀ®
Chicken as a quick-service restaurant in 1966. Specializing in chicken,
homestyle sides and biscuits, today Lee's has 150 stores in 13 states
across the country.
The Shalimar, Fla.-based company
has had 31 consecutive quarters - almost eight years - of same-store sales
growth. This year's sales are up more
than three percent, President Chuck
Cooper says.
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"In 2016 we beat the previous year's
sales by about six percent, and the
year before that we beat by seven percent," he notes.
Although Lee's has been around for
51 years, the company's significant
growth earned it the top spot last year
on Nation's Restaurant News's "The
Next 20," which names restaurant
chains best positioned to crack the
top 200.
"Our average sales per store are
about $1.3 million so far this year,"
Cooper says. That's a big difference

from the same store sales of $800,000
when Cooper joined the company 15
years ago, he adds.
"We had two stores hit more than
$3 million in sales last year and anticipate more stores to do it again this
year," Cooper notes. "Overall, 20 percent of our stores have nearly $2 million or more in annual sales, which is
significant in the chicken business."
Lee's will add four new franchise
stores by the end of the year. Not only
has its significant sales volume contributed to its growth of new franchisees, but also to its reputation.
"I always tell potential franchisees that there are great brands out
there, but that they have to consider if
they'll be around in 20 years," Cooper
says. "They're signing a 20-year deal
and some brands aren't even that old.
As a concept we've proven ourselves.


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