It’s Friday night, the bevs are flowing, and you’ve just spent 25 minutes talking to the bouncer about “My Dad Wrote a Porno.” Stumbling home from the pub, you direct yourself to the closest fried chicken outlet only to find that it is closed. Is this … You think. Is this the end?
Indeed, this was the fate for many hungry customers last week, as KFC had to temporarily close hundreds of its stores due to a chicken shortage. According to the BBC, the fast food outlet—which specialises in chicken—ran out of chicken after operational difficulties with its new delivery company. As a result, over 200 stores had to close or change their menu, leaving customers outraged at not being able to get their six-piece bargain buckets.
KFC, which has around 900 stores in the UK, blamed “teething problems” caused when it switched from using South African-owned distribution group Bidvet to a new delivery company, DHF. The fast food chain said in a statement on Twitter that they would “not compromise on quality” and that the resulting lack of chicken “meant some of [their] restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu or shortened hours.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.