Guatemala-based chicken chain Pollo Campero has opened its first Georgia restaurant in Gainesville, an international center of the poultry processing industry.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening on Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to the governor’s public schedule released Dec. 8.

Pollo Campero is a “family dining chain that provides customers personalized, friendly service at their table,” as well as drive-thru, delivery and takeout service, the company’s Web site said.

It seeks to be the world’s largest Latin American chicken chain and has more than 200 restaurants, mostly in Guatemala and El Salvador, according to the Web site.

The Gainesville location is one of 43 U.S. stores listed on the Web site, most of which are in California.

The company serves 75 million customers through locations in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Spain, the Web site said.

Georgia is one of the U.S.’s leading poultry-exporting states. Atlanta is home to some of the country’s largest quick-service chicken restaurant chains. 

Chick-fil-A Inc. is based here, as is Church’s Chicken and AFC Enterprises Inc., which owns Popeye’s Chicken

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