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Padres’ Gwynn To Open Restaurants

June 15, 2000

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn announced plans Thursday to open 100 Church’s Chicken outlets in Southern California in hopes of creating jobs in local communities.

Gwynn and his wife, Alicia, have entered into a franchise partnership with the San Antonio-based chain.

``This is a great opportunity for us to continue to give back to the community in which we live. Church’s strives to create opportunities for families in these areas and that is important to us,″ Gwynn said.

The company is evaluating potential restaurant sites with the Gwynns, Church’s Chicken President Hala Moddelmog said.

Church’s Chicken is the second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain with more than 1,500 locations worldwide. Its sales totaled more than $814 million in 1999.

The chain is a division of Atlanta-based AFC Enterprises.

Gwynn, 40, has won eight NL batting titles and began the season with 3,067 career hits. A native of Los Angeles, Gwynn was drafted by the Padres in 1981.

He and his wife established the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation in 1998 to help fund several charitable causes.

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