KFC restaurants close again as supply problems return

Monday, 2nd July 2018, 10:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, 10:31 am

KFC was forced to close restaurants again over the weekend after delivery issues caused some outlets to run out of chicken.

A string of branches across the south west of England closed on Saturday after telling customers they were experiencing "delivery issues".

Restaurants in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall displayed a sign reading: "Sorry we're close, please visit KFC.co.uk or download our app to find your nearest alternative KFC restaurant.

"Apologies for any inconvenience."

Restaurants in Plymouth, including the Union Street, New George Street, St Budeaux and Crown Hill Retail Park branches all closed on Saturday evening and remained closed on Sunday.

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In Exeter, Devon, the Sidwell Street store and Alphington Road store are also shut.

And in Cornwall, the Bodmin store remains closed.

The Bodmin store and Crown Hill Retail park store were expected to re-open later on Sunday.

Chicken closures

A disappointed customer called 'Stephen', who found the Yeovil branch closed, told Somerset Live: "I found it very frustrating as I'd had my heart set on a KFC.

"I can't say I'm too surprised though given the way things have nosedived there in recent times.

"If you don't have enough food to be able to serve customers at 7pm on a Saturday, you're probably in the wrong industry."

A spokesman for KFC said: "We share his frustrations as we are not open this evening because we are waiting on a delivery.

"We are hoping to be open tomorrow, as long as the delivery arrives."

The closures come just a few months after the fast food giant closed hundreds of its stores across the country for over a week in February due to a problem with a new supplier.

Couriers DHL apologised for its role in the crisis just after promising to "rewrite the rule book and set a new benchmark" for delivery.