Chicken shortage forces KFC branches in the UK to shut temporarily

20 February, 2018, 20:47 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Colonel still missing vital ingredient in York

More than 500 KFC outlets in the United Kingdom still remain closed though - they've put details of which stores are open on their website.

Staff at the Harlaxton Road branch were not allowed to comment on the re-opening but the Grantham Journal understands this happened by yesterday afternoon.

The KFC website has released a statement and a list of outlets which remain open.

A number of outlets in Ireland and the United Kingdom were forced to close because of a shortage of the Colonel's favourite.

Last week, the fried chicken chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, which has blamed "operational issues" for the supply disruption.

Last week, KFC implemented a new distribution system, with supplies now delivered to stores via DHL, but teething problems left a number of restaurants without their main ingredient.

Some restaurants are operating on a limited menu or shortened hours.

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KFC said its employees would be paid as usual, and asked franchisees, who operate 95 percent of KFC's outlets, to "adopt this policy too".

The fast-food chain KFC will be closing almost 1,000 of its stores in the United Kingdom due to a low supply of chicken, the company announced Monday.

A "whistle-blower" from Bidvest, the former KFC distributor, told The Daily Star that the shortage is expected to continue and could cause more closures.

DHL revealed that shipments had been "incomplete or delayed" due to "operational issues".

KFC fans were not happy - and many used social media to complain and express amusement over a chicken restaurant running out of its signature product.

KFC said it couldn't confirm when the Carlisle restaurant will reopen but said it was working to make sure it would be "as soon as possible".

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