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Church's Chicken, 455 York Street Aiken: mid 2000s   9 comments

Posted at 10:26 pm in closing

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Well, there was some chatter on Have Your Say the other day about Church's Chicken, so I thought I would bring out these Church's pictures from Aiken. They were taken on a fairly recent visit this March, but I believe the restaurant has been vacant since before I left Aiken around 2005 or so. The place is on the stretch of US-1 (York Street) between I-20 exit 22 and downtown proper. Or perhaps you can consider Hampton Avenue to be the start of downtown (and Aiken's weird double streets). LoopNet says the building is in the city limits proper. (They also seem to be saying it can be reused, but the current state is a good bit more decrepit than the picture they use, and I have my doubts).

Written by ted on June 19th, 2014

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  1. I guess Rick will be glad to see one of these bite the dust...haha!!

    I've only eaten at Church's once. Like others have said the chicken was awfully greasy and the sides were nothing to write home about. Fast food chicken, period, has gotten to the point where it is way too expensive unless you have coupons or such.

    I am more and more into getting my fried chicken from the Kroger deli. It is pressure fried, referring back to a previous conversation on another post, and they have a seasoning blend that rivals some of the chicken I have gotten from KFC. They also have seasoned potato wedges ala KFC and some pretty decent onion rings.

    The only problem with supermarket delis is that if you don't time yourself just right you may end up with stuff that's been sitting under the heat lamps for hours. But you run that risk in fast food joints as well.

    Homer

    20 Jun 14 at 12:29 am

  2. Church's seems like a venture that can only succeed in markets that any other chicken joint doesn't think viable. They've been gross for at least thirty years now.

    Jason

    20 Jun 14 at 8:34 am

  3. Yes, Gross. They probably did me a huge favor by not selling me any chicken.
    (See my comment, 17 June, Wing Nuts, 4:16pm).
    I do not recall ever eating at Churches before that, and I know damn good and well I have not eaten there since.
    Due to the comments I have read, and testimonials from others , I am now going to change my strategy, or master plan if you will.
    I am going to send e-mails THANKING them for NOT selling me their nasty, overpriced greasy chicken. This is going to be fun, even brilliant, if I must say so myself.

    Rick

    20 Jun 14 at 3:09 pm

  4. By the way, check out the advertisers on Cola. Closings home page. KFC has free coupons.
    I sometimes enjoy the way KFC chicken taste but, where do the get their chicken from?
    I get pieces I don't recognize, like I got when I was in Japan, and when I do get a piece I am familiar with, it appears to have come from a very little chicken.
    Anyway, my wife and I do not use the drive thru at KFC anymore, for some reason we always get into an argument. I get pissed off at the order taker, my wife then gets pissed off at me for getting pissed off, and the argument begins.
    Hey, she knew what she was getting into when she married me 36 years ago, but then, so did I.
    I guess the saying, opposites attract, could be true.
    Should I have used quotation marks there? I do not have a "Skunk and Write" near me like Ted did. Look it up. Damn did I need to use quotation marks that time?

    Rick

    20 Jun 14 at 3:52 pm

  5. @Rick - I am about to die laughing right now because my husband and I have the same problem at the KFC drive thru. We don't go there much but the last two times we have gone to the one over here in Lexington, they were out of grilled chicken. Completely out - not as in "we'll have to cook some" out as in "we don't have any, and there's none available for us to make". Also, I was sad to learn that the Strawberry Parfait has gone the way of the Chick-fil-A brownie, and they no longer sell them. As for Church's, I've only had their chicken maybe three times in my life and I never found it to be very flavorful. This is random, but when I was a kid I didn't like Church's because I thought the chicken skin was "too light". I guess I associated good fried chicken with a darker golden color. LOL

    TahoeChic

    20 Jun 14 at 4:02 pm

  6. @TahoeChic - Thank you, that made my day. Check out my most recent post where I mentioned you.

    Rick

    20 Jun 14 at 4:24 pm

  7. I freaking love Church's chicken esp the chicken strips

    Kc

    25 Jun 14 at 8:24 pm

  8. I feel like there was a Church's Chicken on Devine Street that closed that featured here (but the post has disappeared)...be that as it may, the building is under contract and there is an excavator on site...

    Andrew

    10 Sep 16 at 8:40 pm

  9. Andrew, yes, that Devine Street post vanished in the database crash from last year. I have actually restored at least half a dozen of those losts posts this week, and with your reminder was able to find the Church's post on the wabac at http://www.archive.org.

    The restored post is here.

    ted

    11 Sep 16 at 12:19 am

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