History: K-MAC Enterprises, Inc. was founded by Ken McGruder in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1964. They are a leading operator of Taco Bell and KFC quick-service restaurants, with more than 140 locations. The company's restaurants are franchised from YUM! Branks, and are located mostly in Arkansas, as well as in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. KMAC Enterprises, Inc also owns and operates a small number of buffet-style family steak houses franchised from Golden Corral. In 2005 a Connecticut-based private equity firm Olympus Parteners aquired the business.
YUM! Brands is the largest fast-food operator in the world in terms of number of locations, with more than 36,000 outlets in more than 110 countries. (It trails only hamburger giant McDonald's in sales.) Its flagship chains include #1 chicken fryer KFC (with more than 15,500 units), top pizza joint Pizza Hut (more than 13,000), and quick-service Mexican leader Taco Bell (more than 5,800). YUM! also operates the Long John Silver's seafood chain, along with several hundred A&W root beer and burger stands. The company operates a little more than 20% of its restaurants; the rest are either franchised or licensed locations.
KFC rules the roost when it comes to serving chicken. One of the world's largest fast-food chains, the company owns and franchises more than 15,500 outlets in more than 100 countries. (About 5,300 locations are in the US.) The restaurants offer the Colonel's trademark fried chicken (in both Original Recipe and Extra Tasty Crispy varieties) along with chicken sandwiches, chicken pot pies, crispy chicken strips, mashed potatoes and gravy, and potato wedges. Its locations can be found operating as free-standing units and kiosks in high-traffic areas.