Quick service restaurant chain Church’s Chicken has entered a development agreement to bring the chain back to Wichita, Kansas, after being absent for more than a year.

The company entered an agreement with franchisee Wichita Restaurants LLC, that will bring six Church's Chicken restaurants to the Wichita market.

“I believe the market is ripe for Church’s re-entry into the Wichita market area,” Mike Jizzini, majority partner with Wichita Restaurants LLC, said in a press release. “We expect our new restaurant construction, along with growing demand for Church’s great chicken experience, to establish our dominance among quick service chains in this area.”


Wichita, which is Kansas’ most populous city, lost all five of its Church’s Chicken restaurants in December 2015, the Wichita Eagle reported.

The first restaurant is scheduled to open later in 2017, and will feature 1,850 square feet, a drive-thru and Church’s Chicken’s new STAR Image Design, including new interior seating options and new exterior design with contemporary lighting inside and out. The remaining restaurants could feature up to 2,200 square feet of space.

“We fully expect the Wichita-area re-entry and expansion to be successful,” said Tony Moralejo, Executive Vice President of International Business and Global Development at Church’s Chicken. “Wichita Restaurants brings a wealth of industry and area knowledge that complements Church’s domestic expansion strategy, as well as our desire to supply great chicken to passionate, new guests.”