KFC Freeport

Mr. Havard Samuel Cooper Sr. was born in 1932 in Smith Point, Grand Bahama. He grew up during a time when the Freeport area was underdeveloped. As a way to make money, Mr. Cooper worked as a carpenter, fisherman, lumber and sawmills worker, and a chauffeur at the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and also spent 15 months working on “the contract” in Florida. Mr. Cooper and his wife wisely invested the capital earned from his trades into starting their own business, called the Island Market, where they sold chicken and produce from their home. Mr. Cooper next set his eyes on opening a KFC franchise in Grand Bahama. The first KFC was split between him and a business partner. Mr. Cooper got the store that was located on Pioneers Way and the Mall. He then raised the required 1 million dollars to become a qualified candidate to buy into the KFC franchise. After building his first KFC, it was bombed. He rebuilt it and it was bombed again. Despite the obstacles, he had the drive to succeed and to build a legacy for himself and for his children and their children. He believes that God guided him through the entire process and owes it all to him.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken exterior

Kentucky Fried Chicken exterior

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Kentucky Fried Chicken car

Kentucky Fried Chicken car

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Grand opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Grand opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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The opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

The opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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Customers dining in at the opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Customers dining in at the opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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Customers at the opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Customers at the opening of Kentucky Fried Chicken

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Audio

Mr. Havard Samuel Cooper Sr. discusses his experience being a businessman and the strategy he used to become a successful entrepreneur.

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Mr. Havard Samuel Cooper Sr. shares some words of advice for posterity.

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The Heritage Partners, “KFC Freeport,” Ramble Bahamas, accessed November 14, 2018, http://ramblebahamas.org/items/show/18.
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