Chester's Opens in the Samson Cree Nation

Cree Convenience in Hobbema, Alberta, is home to newest location

HOBBEMA, Alberta -- Chester's, a major fried chicken foodservice program provider for convenience stores, has announced the grand opening of its newest location in the Samson Cree Nation. The Cree Convenience Store, located on the Samson reserve in Hobbema, Alberta, Canada, celebrated the opening of the new Chester's last Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Cree are the largest group of First Nations Native American tribes in Canada, with more than 200,000 members and 135 registered bands. Named after Chief Samson (Kanatakasu), Samson Cree Nation members are ancestors [image-nocss] of the Plains Cree who were part of the Great Cree Nation that traditionally used, occupied and controlled the Western Plains.

"We are both extremely excited about bring Chester's to the Cree Convenience Store and the Samson Cree Nation," said Derek and Cody Bruno, owners of Cree Convenience. "Chester's great taste and marketing support are welcome additions to our store, and we are sure that this program will do well here."

Chester's signature menu options, which include fried bone-in chicken, chicken tenders, potato wedges and biscuits, will now be served at Cree Convenience.

The newest Chester's location will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will offer customers dine-in, carryout and catering options.

"Derek and Cody are visionaries that have done tremendous things for their community," said Richard Davis, vice president of systems management at Chester's. "It's great to have such civic-minded people to work with bringing Chester's and new business to the Cree Nation."

Chester's is an emerging leader of quick-serve restaurant (QSR) concepts with more than 1,500 Chester Fried licensed and Chester's franchised locations. Along with its menu, Chester's offers flexible size and store layout options, training and support. Chester's uses only chicken that is specially marinated and double-breaded using a proprietary family recipe and offers bone-in, tenders and potato wedges as well as sandwiches, wraps, salads, breakfast and sides.

[Pictured (l to r): Eddy Soosay, James Piche, Nicole Lighting, Cody Bruno, Derek Bruno, Louisa Rain, Marlaina Ermineskin, Kiali Wildcat.]