Chester's International, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is a fried chicken quick-service restaurant in the United States. W.O. Giles founded Chester's in October 1965 and adopted Chester the Chicken as the emerging foodservice company's mascot, named for the Chester Goode character on Gunsmoke, a favorite TV show of Giles'. In late 2012, the company moved its headquarters to the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama.
Today, Chester's is mainly found as a food service offering in convenience stores and travel plazas across the country, such as Pilot Flying J, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, and TravelCenters of America.
The company began franchising its concept in July 2004 and has grown to in-line locations in shopping plazas and mall food courts. As of July 2012, the chain has more than 1,800 locations worldwide.
Publix Deli Fried Chicken is actually Chester's Fried Chicken sold under the Publix label.