The History of Bojangles

Bojangles is a restaurant chain that is primarily located in the Southeast region of the United States.Their famous chicken and biscuits are beloved by numerous people. (Photo Courtesy of Public Domain)

The Beginning of A New Fast-Food Chain

In 1975, Richard Thomas, former president of KFC, started and worked at a restaurant called Sunny’s in Charlotte, NC. Another businessman, Jack Fulk worked at a Hardee’s in Wilkesboro, NC where he introduced Hardee’s scratch made biscuit.

Hardee’s is a separate restaurant chain that started in 1960 in Greenville, North Carolina initially known for their burgers, fries, and shakes. To this day, Hardee’s is still running and are very successful for their quality food such with continuing their made-from-scratch biscuits, thick burgers, and their hand-breaded chicken tenders.

Sunny’s wasn’t performing very well as a business.

One day, Thomas and Fulk met up in Charlotte and invested in a new restaurant. In July 1977, they started a quick fried chicken restaurant with no dine-in that had delicious one-of-a-kind cajun spice flavored fried chicken and not long after released Fulk’s inviting biscuit which made sales drastically increase.

When figuring out a name and concept for the restaurant, Fulk heard on the radio a song titled Mr. Bojangles  and that was how Bojangles got its name.

More locations started to open in the south in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sales and Profit

According to Zippia , Bojangles’ yearly revenue is around $547.4 million dollars.

The restaurant franchise also has 7,500 employees and now has over 800 locations, 346 of them are in North Carolina.

Sharp Sheets  estimates that Bojangles has an annual profit of 182,000 dollars each year. They make nearly 2 million dollars in sales.

Bojangles Today

More Bojangles locations opened as people throughout the South enjoyed their food with more locations popping up in the North as well in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland as well as a location in Honduras.

Numerous Leesville students enjoy getting Bojangles including Xcipriss Fenner, junior.

“[I] probably [like] the cheddar bo biscuit,” said Fenner when asked what her favorite meal at Bojangles was.

 Bojangles is a restaurant originally from North Carolina with incredible success known for their delicious chicken, and tasty biscuits.


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