Fast food giant KFC has been forced to close hundreds of UK restuarants in recent days over a chicken shortage leaving its customers angry and frustrated.
Just 325 of the UK’s 900 restaurants are still open after the chicken giant blamed “teething problems” with a new delivery partner for the lack of food.
The company – which has been going since 1930 – also declared that “getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex.”
They added: “We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, others are operating a limited menu or shortened hours.”
“We are working with our partners to rectify the situation as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
KFC stores began shutting down on Thursday night, leaving hundreds of customers hungry and disappointed.
A KFC employee, who asked not to be named, told GazetteLive : “It’s annoying and frustrating for us. It’s nuts.
“It’s damaging the brand. The amount of people trying the door and walking off is incredible.
“We are getting abuse off people who are surprisingly impatient about chicken.
“KFC changed delivery companies in August.
“A brand new purpose-built warehouse was built and it was all meant to go live on Wednesday.
“There was a crash on the M6 which put deliveries back and they had IT issues.
“Anybody who was due deliveries on Wednesday didn’t get it, so they ran out on Thursday. Then the same happened to others on Thursday.”
Since then, deliveries have been “sporadic” and staff members have to man the stores 24 hours per day in case a delivery turns up.
Summer Thomas wrote on Twitter: “Ohhhh KFC what the cluck do you think your playing at closing near enough every branch in Bristol because you ran out of chicken! It’s basically the end of the world.”
Up in Manchester people were queuing at a city ‘Drive Thru’, which had no closure notice on the outside and people say they drove for miles to other stores – only to find they were closed too.
The latest figures from the fast food giant show just 325 of KFC’s 900 stores are still open. Read more