Why West Sussex's KFC's 'crisis' could last the whole week

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 21, 2018

The fast food chain made the drastic move to close more than half of its 900 outlets in the United Kingdom after delivery problems led to a chicken shortage.

The "crisis" as it's being called by some, started affecting outlets last Friday, after the fast-food chain changed suppliers.

Ones in Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and three in the Worthing area are all experiencing problems.

KFC also published a complete list of open stores, as of Sunday (18 February) night.

As of 9.45pm on Tuesday the one on Shripney Road in Bognor was operating normally.

In what is considered to be one of the biggest business disruption for KFC in recent years, the fast-food chain had to shutter hundreds of stores in the United Kingdom owing to shortage of chicken.

A KFC spokesperson said the company anticipated the number of closures to fall over the coming days while they worked "flat out all hours to clear the backlog".

There were reports of desperate KFC employees taking the initiative and buying chicken themselves, while the Daily Mail reported that crates of undelivered chicken at a DHL depot would have to be destroyed.

In London, police even had to warn that the so-called "KFC crisis" was not a matter for them. Some chicken shortage. Took them to McDonald's but it's not the same. In a separate statement the company has said that it was working to resolve the problem.

Meanwhile, KFC said it expects disruption to some restaurants to continue for the rest of the week after a new delivery contract with DHL sparked chicken shortages across the country.

"We are working with KFC and our partners to rectify the situation as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused".

KFC has 900 sites in the United Kingdom and just 279 are still open.

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