By Mike Hazlip-
Recently boarded up windows and doors at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant are prominently visible to passersby on Greenback Lane, across the street from where a Popeyes drive-thru is slated to take up a former Burger King.
Boarded-up Burger King being new Popeyes chicken restaurant
Windows are covered in plywood, and also the business's online information says \”permanently closed.\” A phone call to the number associated with the location went unanswered during business hours Friday.
Kathilynn Carpenter, executive director from the Sunrise MarketPlace, which represents countless businesses in the Sunrise-Greenback commercial corridor, said in an email Saturday that she was conscious of the closure but was without details on why the restaurant closed.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken closure marks the third restaurant in a row now shuttered in the high-traffic district along Greenback Lane. A worker of a nearby restaurant who didn't want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to media said the chicken franchise closed weeks ago. The adjacent Mcdonalds closed months ago, and a sushi restaurant also closed this past year along the strip.
A sign in the closed Kentucky Fried Chicken location refers people to the next nearest location at Sylvan Corners. A supervisor at that location didn’t know why the Greenback Lane restaurant closed, but indicated the Sylvan Corners location continues to be very busy.
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KFC parent company Yum! saw its stock plummet throughout the initial wave of the pandemic, but finished out the year with 7.6% growth. While many dine-in restaurants suffered consistent drops in revenue, an August article in USA Today said several fast food chains with drive-thru windows and easy delivery options have seen sales increase during the pandemic, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Wingstop.
Opening a new Kentucky Fried Chicken needs a total investment of at least $1.3 million, according to Business Insider. That includes a $45,000 franchise fee and upwards of $700,000 for restaurant equipment such as fryers and grills. There are also ongoing royalties and advertising fees.
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