A Canadian owned chicken restaurant is expanding to Victoria, with not one but two new locations expected to open this year.

Mary Browns, a Canadian owned fried chicken franchise, has set their sights on two locations, Nelson Square in View Royal and the developing Colwood Corners.

Mary Browns began in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1969. Soon, its reputation for delicious food and Eastern Canada hospitality spread, leading to stores in Ontario and Alberta. 

Now, more than 50 years later, the chicken franchise has over 200 locations across Canada. 

According to the company, Mary Browns is Canada’s largest quick serve chicken restaurant franchise and one of the fastest growing restaurant franchises in the country.

Their menu features signature Canada grade A chicken and taters made from fresh potatoes as well as a variety of other items such as pickle chips, buffalo twists and even some plant based options.

Their food is prepared in-store using their unique breading and batter, as well as their special marinades. 

Their Big Mary sandwich was even named Canada’s best chicken sandwich!

Mary Brown’s first location on Vancouver Island, located in Southgate Shopping Centre in Nanaimo, opened in 2021.

According to the marketing team at Mary Browns, the new location at Nelson Square in Victoria is set to open sometime this summer. 

Although there is no official date for opening the Colwood location, it is predicted it will be open at the end of this year.