Back in February, Mrs. Winners
president John Buttolph announced he was looking for franchisees to bring Mrs. Winners back to the Memphis market. The chain, which specializes in chicken and biscuits, went into bankruptcy in 2010, closing its Memphis locations.
Rachel Pedersen, who is the social media director of Mrs. Winners, wants to be that franchisee.
"I monitor all the social media channels, and one thing I noticed was that Memphis was not just asking but begging and pleading us to bring back Mrs. Winners," she says.
Pedersen, who is based in Minnesota, is currently in Memphis scouting locations with her husband and her father. Her father will relocate to Memphis to run the restaurant.
They've set up a crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo to the get the restaurant open. They're hoping to raise $30,000. Participants will receive rewards, with one getting free Mrs. Winners for life.
The long range goal is to have five Mrs. Winners opened in five years.
"We want to have a Mrs. Winners in every single corner of Memphis," says Pedersen.
Learn more about the crowdfunding campaign via the Mrs. Winners Memphis website