KFC was founded by Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first "Kentucky Fried Chicken" franchise opened in Utah in 1952. The man who branded himself as "Colonel Sanders," became a prominent figure of American cultural history, and saw a rapid expansion of his chicken franchise business. Before Sanders sold his company in 1964 he awarded independent franchisor rights in the states of Utah and Montana, and they remain independent to this day.
LBI Management purchased the franchisor rights for Montana in 2012.The founders have been in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business for over 20 years, and have vast experience in real estate, land development and operating successful KFC restaurants in the US and Canada. KFC Montana, with the proud heritage of the Colonel, is the franchisor in the state of Montana, (except Yellowstone County), and currently has 4 franchised stores and 5 corporate stores in the state.