GREENSBORO — Maurice Jennings, the founder of the fast-food breakfast chain Biscuitville, has died at the age of 86.
Executive consultant Al Lineberry Jr. of Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home in Greensboro confirmed on Tuesday that Jennings died last Saturday at a Greensboro retirement home of natural causes.
After the former flour broker opened two stores in Burlington in 1966, Jennings opened several pizza restaurants the next year, eventually expanding it to include biscuits in the morning in 1975, the Greensboro News & Record reported.
He opened the first dedicated Biscuitville in Danville, Virginia, in 1975 and expanded quickly throughout North Carolina. Beginning in the 1980s, Biscuitville restaurants opened only for breakfast and lunch and closed at 2 p.m. Today, the 63-restaurant Biscuitville chain stretches from Lynchburg, Virginia, and to the south into North Carolina.
The company’s headquarters are in Greensboro.