A shortage of one key ingredient has forced the closure of almost all the 900 KFC restaurants throughout Britain and Ireland – there’s no chicken available.
Feathers are flying over the issue, especially over concerns that some KFC workers aren’t getting paid.
The Associated Press reported that the closures occurred on Monday, as the company apologized to customers and blamed the problem on its new delivery partner, DHL.
KFC first apologized for the problems on Saturday. In an update Monday, it listed almost 300 stores as open, but did not say when the rest might join them.
It said those branches that remained open were operating a limited menu or shortened hours.
“We know that this might have inconvenienced some of you over the last few days, and disappointed you when you wanted your fried chicken fix — we’re really sorry about that,” the company said in a statement.
DHL, which recently took over the KFC contract from Bidvest Logistics, said that “due to operational issues a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed.”
BREAKING: MAJOR CLOSURES AROUND THE UK. Due to a supplier change (bidvest to DHL) deliveries have not arrived, leaving stores without stock – EXCLUSIVE QUOTES from an assistant manager to follow this tweet #KFC #KFCCrisis
— KFC (@KFC_ITK) February 17, 2018
More from your very own KFC correspondent (or as one man said, a BTEC Chicken Connoisseur):
Anger as some KFC workers in Devon aren’t getting paid because of its closure even though its not their faulthttps://t.co/Za4L9eOxm4
— Richard Amofa DL (@RichardAmofa) February 19, 2018
KFCs across the region are STILL closed – as the real reason emerges https://t.co/bJfONGW1r4
— Cambridge News (@CambridgeNewsUK) February 18, 2018
KFC has been forced to close a raft of stores across the UK after a new delivery contract with DHL resulted in chicken shortages.https://t.co/eUBYwjaN5f
— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) February 19, 2018
This is #KFC‘s “Boneless Banquet”, now to be renamed the “Chickenless Banquet” – Those looking for a finger-licking treat today are in for a shock, 75% of #KentuckyFriedChicken shops are closed because #DHL screwed up delivering chickens. https://t.co/w8s8TIEJAa
— London Bulletin (@London_Bulletin) February 19, 2018
— Jim McMahon MP (@JimfromOldham) February 19, 2018