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Mr Chicken celebrates 30 years in business

Fast-food restaurant Mr Chicken is celebrating 30 years in business.

And the three locations will be handing out a $5 coupon on Saturday to customers who spend $30 or more and special prizes throughout the day.

Founded by David and Beryl Furbert, the first Mr Chicken opened in Heron Bay, Southampton, in 1985, followed by a restaurant in Hamilton's Queen Street in 2007 and one in Watlington Road, Devonshire, two years ago.

The company has employed more than 500 Bermudians over the years and has expanded from its original fried chicken meals and hamburgers and now includes fish sandwiches, pizza and pies among other items on its menu.

Mr Chicken underwent a major rebranding last year, adopting a lime green and orange colour scheme and the slogan “tastylicioussimplylocalsupersatisfaction” to reflect its “promise of tasty cuisine from a locally-owned restaurant.

Saturday will also see free balloons for children at all three stores and free popcorn and face painting at the Hamilton store from noon to 3pm.

Santa Claus will also put in an appearance at the Queen Street premises at 2pm.

Mr and Mrs Furbert announced last year that they were keen to sell and retire — but said that they would continue to run the business if a buyer could not be found.

Mr Furbert added at the time that, despite the recession, sales had grown since 2008 and that the three stores now employed around 35 people.

The former police officer and taxi driver said he got the idea for Mr Chicken after visiting the Popeyes fast food chain in Florida.

All Mr Chicken stores are open seven days a week from 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday.

Sunday hours are 8am to 7pm in Hamilton and Devonshire, with the Heron Bay outlet open from noon to 7pm.

Thirty years and counting: Beryl and David Furbert, the owners of Mr Chicken

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Published December 02, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 02, 2015 at 5:27 pm)

Mr Chicken celebrates 30 years in business

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