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Deerfield, IL, United States, 2006/11/24 - Six newly remodeled BURGER KING® restaurants in Chicago, Illinois, owned by C.H. James Restaurant Holdings, the largest African-American BURGER KING franchisee, will host their grand re-openings beginning on November 29th – December 16th.
Partnering with local radio stations, 107.5 FM WGCI and 92.3 FM WPWX, air personalities such as Tony Sculfield, Beyonce Foxx, Trey, “The Choklit Jok”, Kendra G and “The Hot Boyz” Shag and Tone, will be on hand to distribute prizes at the following locations:
• Wednesday, November - 29th 110 E. 95th St
• Friday, December 1st - 2328 S. Michigan Ave
• Wednesday, December 6th - 3953 W. Chicago Ave
• Friday, December 8th - 6900 S. Halsted St
• Tuesday, December 12th - 28 East 87th St
• Saturday, December 16th - 7222 S. Stony Island Ave
Since the acquisition, a significant amount of money has been invested in remodeling the restaurants. Predominantly located on the south and west sides of Chicago, each location is also now a hot spot for wireless connectivity so that patrons can enjoy free Internet access inside the stores.
Additionally, the grand opening festivities will include an appearance by Whosay, one of the only African-American magicians in the Midwest as well as special performances by local high school bands and cheerleaders. A recruiting station for people to complete employment applications and meet one-on-one with hiring personnel will also be available at each restaurant.
“We’re excited about showcasing the new look and feel of each location but it’s more than just a party”, says Charles H. James III, Chairman and CEO of C.H. James Restaurant Holdings, the largest African American BURGER KING franchisee. “Each of these stores actively participates in our community development program and has daily contact with surrounding schools, churches, hospitals, local businesses and more. We’re not just reinvesting in the equipment and buildings, we’re reinvesting in our communities as well.”
In 2004, James joined the BURGER KING system when he acquired 37 restaurants in the Chicago area. In May 2006, these three urban stores were acquired, bringing the franchise owner’s total to 40 restaurants and an additional three are managed on behalf of Burger King.
C.H. James Restaurant Holdings, LLC is an affiliate of C.H. James & Co., which is a fourth generation African-American family-owned business founded by James’ great-grandfather in 1883 in Charleston, W. Va. In 1992, C.H. James & Co. was recognized as “Company of the Year” by Black Enterprise magazine. In August 2004, James established C. H. James Restaurant Holdings, LLC in an exclusive partnership with the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, which invests growth capital in ethnic minority-owned or targeted businesses and urban real estate.
About C. H. James Restaurant Holdings
C. H. James Restaurant Holdings, LLC is an affiliate of C. H. James & Co., which is believed to be the oldest continually operating African-American owned business in the U.S. The company was established in Charleston, W. Va. in 1883 as a food distributor by C. H. James, the great-grandfather of Charles H. “Chuck” James III, the company’s current CEO. Named on numerous occasions to the Black Enterprise BE 100 listing, C. H. James has serviced a high profile and demanding roster of clients in the food service industry including McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, Darden Restaurant and Wendy’s. As an 8(a) contractor, the firm was recognized as a leading supplier to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense and other government agencies.