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A HEAPING HELPING OF HISTORY

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

The Beginning

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Founders Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas open the first Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits in Charlotte, N.C.

Franchised

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First franchise location opens.

Highest Sales

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

Hurricane Hugo

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Hurricane Hugo hits big, but Bojangles’ stands strong and continues serving when almost all other restaurants are closed.

300 Restaurants

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Bojangles’ opens its 300th restaurant.

First College Campus Location

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Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) becomes the location of the first Bojangles’ on a college campus.

Recognized and Listed

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

Big Year

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

It's Bo Time!®

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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.

500 Restaurants

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Bojangles’ opens 500th restaurant, leading QSR Magazine to list Bojangles’ among their Top 10 Franchise Opportunities.

Growing Strong

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First year of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 sponsorship. Another college campus location opens at University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Forbes Magazine list Bojangles’ as one of the 12 Best Franchises to Own. Zagat Survey lists Bojangles’ in the Top 5 Large Fast Food Chains.

600 Restaurants

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600th Store location opens. Norfolk Naval Base location opens.

Bo Goes Public

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Bojangles’ goes public in May on the NASDAQ. Investors gobble up Bojangles’ shares just like Southerners have gobbled up our signature food for decades.