Half of KFC's UK Outlets Have Shut Down Due to Chicken Shortage

At one point, 575 out of 900 stores were closed.

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There’s a nationwide KFC chicken shortage in the UK, with nearly half the restaurants closed because of the issue. The BBC reports that on Monday evening 575 stores were closed because of the shortage of chicken, while the number reduced slightly to around half of the 900 UK outlets on Tuesday night.

The issue arose because KFC switched delivery contracts to DHL from specialist food distribution group Bidvest, which has since said “operational issues” were to blame for the disruption. A KFC spokesperson said “Each day more deliveries are being made. However, we expect the disruption to some restaurants to continue over the remainder of the week, meaning some will be closed and others operating with a reduced menu or shortened hours.”

Meanwhile DHL’s managing editor of retail, John Boulter, said “The reasons for this unforeseen interruption of this complex service are being worked on with a goal to return to normal service levels as soon as possible.” KFC has launched a new web page so customers can find their nearest open outlet.

KFC was last seen releasing a series of Christmas-themed sweaters which, it can be assumed, had no delivery issues.

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