I had meant to follow up on this mention of Mrs. Winners last year and never did. How many Mrs. Winners were there in K-town? I remember at least four in the early 2000's. @pismonque
mentioned the one in the Walker Springs area, and I remember the one at 3009 N. Broadway, now the home of TitleMax. They came to town around the time of the World's Fair.
According to the Wikipedia page,
the chain originally was in the Atlanta metro area and was called Granny's. Granny's was bought by a holding group around 1980-1 and renamed Mrs. Winners. There was once as many as 184 stores, but the chain suffered the same fate as many that expanded rapidly and lost money. After being sold to Famous Recipe, FR started closing the underperforming stores, including the ones in Knoxville, in the early 2000's. They are now down to 16 locations, and the last one in Tennessee is in Cleveland.
One can never have too many chicken fast-food joints, you would think, looking at all of them we have here now- Popeyes, Bojangles, Chick-Fil-A, and on and on. But even back then, Mrs. Winners was going up against KFC, Famous Recipe, and a few others. FR probably bought them to get rid of the competition!