KFC Plans Irish Expansion
Published on Apr 10 2013 12:54 PM in Restaurant
Fried chicken restaurant chain KFC will create 1,600 jobs this year by opening more than 40 restaurants across Ireland and Britain. The US-owned firm plans to spend £40m (€47m) on the expansion drive, while it will also spend another £40m on a makeover of 160 existing eateries to 'create a more modern, welcoming environment for customers'.This year's openings will boost the chain's total number of Irish and British restaurants to nearly 900. The company has confirmed it is to open a second branch in Galway in the coming year - the fried chicken franchise opened its first Galway restaurant in 2010 at Briarhill Shopping Centre and a spokesperson confirmed to the Galway Independent this week that it is now planning to open a second branch ''to satisfy the demand" from its fans.KFC, which employs around 24,000 people, has added at least 30 new restaurants in Britain each year and said it has seen seven years of same-store sales growth in a row. The group also revealed it is trialling a click and collect iPhone app. KFC UK, a subsidiary of Pizza Hut parent Yum! Brands, opened its first British store in 1965 in Preston, Lancashire. The brand was founded in America by Colonel Harland Sanders in the 1950s.