ATLANTA – Church’s Chicken added four new franchisees to the company’s chain of quick-service chicken restaurants in Canada. Three franchises in the province of Ontario and one in Alberta will join existing stores in the Canadian market.

“We’re very eager to see all of these new franchisees bring the Church’s Chicken brand front and center in consumers’ minds when it comes to quality food and superior value,” said Tony Moralejo, executive vice president of International Business for Church’s Chicken and sister brand, Texas Chicken. “Church’s is expanding across Canada building on our already strong presence in Vancouver. Our ultimate goal is to become the top chicken choice for the ever-growing number of Canadians who love eating deliciously prepared chicken.”

In southwest Ontario, Mian Nadeem will be leading new franchise operations in York, Hamilton, Niagara, Waterloo, and Wellington-Peel as well as the municipalities of Oakville and Burlington.

Three brothers — Arslan Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad and Rizwan Ahmad — are new franchisees for Church’s Chicken that will be operating in the York, Ontario region. The Ahmads are members of a successful business family with experience in retail and customer service, according to Church’s.

A group of investors led by Shazaib Shah, the group’s operating principal, will lead development in the Durham region of Greater Toronto. Shazaib and the group’s directors Muneer Khan, Ashraf Salem, and Abdul Khan, have more than 20 years of expertise in quick-service restaurants and retail markets and bring insight from multiple business disciplines.

Finally, Fays Enterprises Ltd, under the leadership of CEO Mian Ahmad and operating partner Yasir Saeed, will lead franchise operations in Alberta. Ahmad and Saeed bring more than 20 years of combined experience in the food and retail industries.

“The growing chicken market in Canada has been a key component of our expansion strategy in the western hemisphere,” said Eduardo Garcia, senior director of Americas Business for Church’s Chicken. “The fact that we've been able to successfully initiate not just one, but four new franchise relationships, is a testament to the brand's reputation of having a quality product and strong business model.”