February 17, 1995 |
In a mid-course change in its expansion plans, Boston Chicken Inc. said Thursday that it will rename its 565 stores nationwide to Boston Market and expand the menu to include turkey, ham and meatloaf dishes. The new moniker and menu will hit Southern California on March 27 when the Anaheim-based franchisee for Boston Chicken outlets opens a new store in Mission Viejo. The remaining 22 eateries operated by Boston Pacific Inc. will be made over by mid-summer.
December 13, 1994 |
Santa Claus and TV personality Ed McMahon will both be on hand in Brea this morningto celebrate the opening of Boston Chicken's 500th restaurant. Santa and eight chickens will mark the occasion by sky-diving into a 500-gallon vat of mashed potatoes. The new eatery is being opened by Boston Pacific, a subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, the Anaheim-based parent company of the Carl's Jr. fast-food chain.
July 25, 1994 |
Boston Chicken, which set a Wall Street record when its stock began trading in late 1993, makes its Southern California debut today with a franchised store on Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley. The unit will be operated by Anaheim-based CKE Restaurants Inc., which also owns the Carl's Jr. chain. Boston Chicken, which sells rotisserie chicken and side dishes, faces intense competition as it expands into Southern California.
March 8, 1994 |
He ain't the Colonel. Scott A. Beck, chairman of Boston Chicken Inc., is 35, small, wiry and curt, with piercing hazel eyes. He talks of product, not poultry. He calls his restaurants stores. "We're in the multiunit retail business," Beck said. "We consider it far more specialty retail than we do restaurant." Boston Chicken's plump, rotisserie-roasted birds and home-style side dishes may be the most comforting fast food around.
January 23, 1994 |
Kerry Coin, a senior manager at Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., was appointed Friday to head the company's newly formed division that will join the rotisserie chicken craze by developing and operating up to 300 Boston Chicken franchise outlets. Coin, 46, a one-time Kentucky Fried Chicken executive, will head the division as senior vice president and general manager.
January 19, 1994
Boston Chicken Inc., a rotisserie-chicken chain that recently announced plans to have Anaheim-based Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc. help it open franchise restaurants in Southern California, posted a profit of $1.7 million, or 13 cents a share, for the year ended Dec. 26. That contrasts with a net loss of $5.9 million, or 41 cents a share, for the previous year. Revenue increased to $42.5 million from $8.3 million. The company, based in Naperville, Ill., went public in November.
January 11, 1994 |
Hoping to cash in on growing consumer demand for healthier restaurant food, Carl Karcher Enterprises said Monday it plans to open as many as 300 Boston Chicken Inc. outlets in Southern California and Sacramento. The move is designed to augment flagging profits at Anaheim-based Karcher Enterprises by giving the parent company of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain a strong presence in the fast-growing broiled chicken segment of the market.
January 11, 1994 |
Hoping to cash in on growing consumer demand for healthier restaurant food, Carl Karcher Enterprises said Monday it plans to open as many as 300 Boston Chicken Inc. restaurants in Southern California and Sacramento. The move, under which Anaheim-based Karcher Enterprises is buying Boston Chicken franchise rights for an undisclosed amount, is designed to augment flagging profits at the parent company of the Carl's Jr.