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.
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.