Founded in 1977

HISTORY

Bojangles' Restaurants began as the dream of two veteran restaurant operators, Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas. They predicted rising consumer demand for good food served in a quick-service environment and based their concept on three attributes: distinctive flavor; wholesome, high-quality, made-from-scratch products; and a fun, festive restaurant design with fast, friendly service. In 1977, Fulk's dream became a reality with the opening of the first Bojangles' restaurant in Charlotte, NC.

1977 The Beginning

The first Bojangles® Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits open in Charlotte, N.C. by founders Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas.

1978 Franchised

First franchise location opens.

1981 Highest Sales

Bojangles’® achieves the highest restaurant sales average in the nation.

1984 200 Restaurants

Bojangles’® opens 200th location.

1989 Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Hugo hits big—Bojangles’® continues serving when almost all other restaurants are closed.

2002 300 Restaurants

Bojangles’® opens its 300th restaurant.

2005 First college campus Location

College campus location opens at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)

2007 Recognized and Listed

Entrepreneur magazine recognizes Bojangles’® as the #1 restaurant franchise in the chicken category and Inc. magazine lists it among the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

2008 Big Year

The Wall Street Journal names Bojangles’® one of only eight restaurant franchises in its elite “25 Franchise High Performers.” Charlotte Coliseum becomes Bojangles’® Coliseum, first airport location opens in Charlotte, NC and Bojangles’® opens its 400th restaurant.

2010 It’s BO Time!®

Bojangles’® launches “It’s Bo Time!®” and starts the e-club. GE Capital, QSR magazine and “Nation’s Restaurant News” list Bojangles’® as one of their Top 10 Growth Restaurant Concepts in the quick service area.

2011 500 Restaurants

Bojangles’® opens 500th restaurant, QSR Magazine list Bojangles’® Top 10 Franchise Opportunities and Zagat Survey lists Bojangles’ in the Top 5 Fast Food, Large Chains.

2012 Growing Strong

First year of the Bojangles’® Southern 500 sponsorship, College campus location opens at University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) and Forbes Magazine list Bojangles’® as one of the 12 Best Franchises to Own.

2013 Ranked #1

Technomic 500 ranks Bojangles’® #1 in percent unit growth in the Chicken Segment.

2014 Hits $1 Billion

Bojangles’® hits $1 billion historical sales, 600th Store location opens and Norfolk Naval Base opened.