ATLANTA – Church’s Chicken was recently honored by being named one of the top franchisors for Hispanic-owned businesses by the World Franchising Network. Church’s was cited for its profitable businesses led by Hispanic franchise owners as well as its support of the Hispanic communities in which they operate.

“We are proud of our diverse cultures in our franchise system and continue to reach out to engage Hispanic entrepreneurs looking to invest in a business committed to exceptional quality products, great value, operational excellence and superior guest satisfaction,” said Mel Deane, chief executive officer.

“I worked for Church’s in operations for more than 38 years,” said Mario Sanchez, a Church’s franchisee. “I had so much passion for the company, its support of franchisees, its products and people, I decided to invest and start my own business with Church’s. I now own two Church’s restaurants in Texas that are doing tremendously well.”

Church’s executives said the company is committed to continuing to build a long-term strategy to create employment and business opportunities in the Latino community.

As of March 2010, the Church's system consisted of more than 1,700 locations worldwide in 22 countries, with system sales approaching $1.2 billion.