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Only one KFC restaurant remains open in Norfolk as chicken shortage continues

PUBLISHED: 21:28 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:40 21 February 2018

Hundreds of KFC branches have been closed across the UK and Ireland. Photo: Archant Library

Hundreds of KFC branches have been closed across the UK and Ireland. Photo: Archant Library

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Just one KFC restaurant in the whole of Norfolk remained open today as the company continues to face chicken shortages.

UPDATE: One KFC restaurant in Norfolk reopens as chicken storage could continue for rest of week

UPDATE: No KFC restaurants are now open in Norfolk

The fried chicken chain has closed more than half of its 900 UK outlets following a disruption in its supply of chicken. It comes after the company switched its delivery contract to DHL last week.

According to the company’s website, only the Chapelfield KFC in Norwich was open in Norfolk today (February 19). The county’s other branches were closed.

Meanwhile, in Suffolk, only the Martlesham Heath branch in Ipswich was able to open.

Until last Tuesday, KFC’s chicken was delivered by South African-owned distribution group Bidvest.

But after the change in the contract, many of the food giant’s outlets began running out of chicken products.

KFC said on Twitter: “The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants.

“We’ve brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems - getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!,” it added.

“We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu or shortened hours.”

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