KFC eyes UK expansion

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 | COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Fast-food chain KFC is to embark on a massive UK expansion plan that would see it overtake McDonald’s presence in the country.

The chicken brand, which already manages around 850 outlets in the UK, wants to add at least 400 more, rivalling the 1,200 sites currently operated by McDonald’s, Property Week reported.

KFC has a list of more than 500 target locations and is particularly interested in setting up ‘drive-thru’ units although regular restaurant, food court and ‘express’ formats also figure in its plans.

“We’re proud to be growing and each new KFC brings with it a range of local investments,” Chris Holmes, chief development officer at KFC UK and Ireland, was quoted as saying.

“As more restaurants open, our fans will also notice our continued investment in city centres with our new design, which we’re using in smaller locations in busy urban areas to help us bring the best of KFC to as many new customers as possible.”

The brand’s drive-thru sites require 2,648 sq ft for an 82-seat restaurant or 3,035 sq ft for a 114-seat restaurant. 2,000 sq ft units are required for its standard restaurant format. For its food court and ‘express’ formats, it is looking for units ranging from 1,500 sq ft to 1,765 sq ft, Property Week said.

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