Church’s Chicken® Expands Arizona Presence with New Navajo Location

The third Church’s Chicken® location has opened on the Kayenta Navajo Indian reservation.

Atlanta, GA, July 16, 2016 --( The latest Church’s Chicken® opened in Kayenta, Arizona recently. This is the third location for its franchisee, Michael Nelson, and the third Church’s® restaurant located on the Navajo Indian reservation. The other two locations are in Chinle, AZ and Window Rock, AZ. There are total of 20 active Church’s Chicken locations throughout the state.

Michael Nelson, the franchise owner, opened this location in response to strong, steady sales from his other two Church’s stores in the same general area. “Both the Navajo community and guests in surrounding areas have been very positive,” said Nelson. “Being a Church’s franchisee for the past 25 years has allowed me to operate two successful locations, and I am eager to continue my growth with the brand,” said Nelson. “I am thrilled about bringing our hand-battered fried chicken and signature honey-butter biscuits to the citizens of Kayenta.”

Nelson lives in Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Indian Reservation, and is a member of the Navajo Indian tribe. The only franchise owner of a Church’s Chicken on the reservation, he first decided to invest back in 1991. Prior to his initial investment, Nelson looked into several other franchising opportunities but after attending a Church’s convention, he decided on Church’s Chicken because of the vast amount of diversity he witnessed. Three restaurants later and Nelson couldn’t be happier with his decision.

The Kayenta restaurant features Church’s STAR Initiative Design package, which includes contemporary dining room décor highlighted by new seating installations; modern color palettes on both the interior and exterior; enhanced architectural elements; sconce lighting indoors; and shaded canopies outdoors. “Church’s has always been committed to its franchisees and customers. This new restaurant design is a direct reflection of that, and we’re pleased with our continued expansion,” said Bill Schreiber, Vice President of Global Business Development at Church’s Chicken/Texas Chicken®.

About Church’s Chicken
Founded in San Antonio, TX in 1952 by George W. Church, Church’s Chicken is one of the largest quick service restaurant chicken chains in the world. Church’s specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, honey-butter biscuits made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Church’s (along with its sister brand Texas Chicken outside the Americas) has more than 1,650 locations in 25 countries and international territories and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion. For more information, visit Follow Church’s® on Facebook at and Twitter at
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Tara Hamp