Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
March 22, 2020
It’s Bo Time!
Specializing in cajun seasoning,
fried chicken and
Bojangles’ Inc. is an American regional chain of
fast-food restaurants that primarily
serves the Southeastern United States.
In 1977, Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas turned their dream into a reality when they opened their first Bojangles’ Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina. As seasoned restauranteurs, Fulk and Thomas knew the business well. They predicted a rise in consumer demand for good food, served quickly in a friendly environment.
In 1978, the first franchised restaurant began operations. Three years later, in 1981, Fulk made the decision to sell the Bojangles’ concept to the now-defunct Horn & Hardart Company of New York.
In 1989, when the Carolinas were struck by Hurricane Hugo, Bojangles’ kept their restaurants open while most other fast-food restaurants had closed.
During the years 1981 to 1990 when Horn and Hardart owned Bojangles, they expanded the chain to 335 restaurants, which included 100 restaurants in Florida.
In 1990, Horn and Hardart sold most of its interest to Sienna Partners and Interwest Partners. In 1994 the company was sold once again to a group of investors headed by former Wendy’s executive Joe Drury.
In 2003, Bojangles opened its 300th restaurant location at
820 E. Chatham Street in Cary, North Carolina.
The year 2005 saw the first Bojangles college campus location at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. That same year, the company also purchased naming rights to the original Charlotte Coliseum on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte.
Bojangles’ was sold again in 2007 to Falfurrias Capital Partners, a private equity firm. The following year the first airport location was opened at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Falfurrias sold Bojangles’ in August 2011, to Advent International, another private equity firm based in Boston.
Bojangles opened its 600th restaurant on July 8, 2014,
on Galleria Road in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In January 2019, Bojangles’ shareholders received $16.10 a share when the restaurant chain was sold to the Jordan Company and Durational Capital Management making Bojangles’ a privately-held company.
In December 2019, Bojangles’ restaurants were added to 40 Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores locations in Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.
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