KFC chicken shortage: London beats ‘great chicken drought of 2018’ with 37 branches still open

London is defying the KFC “chicken drought” with a large number of branches still open today, despite sweeping closures up and down the country.

More than 500 branches of the fast food giant remained closed today after it was revealed the Colonel had run out of chicken.

But Londoners rejoiced as 37 branches of the fried chicken chain remained opened to the public. There are over 70 branches at various locations across the capital.

One happy Londoner tweeted: “There’s no chicken shortage in Westfield Stratford #KFC #food #chicken.”

Another person shared a picture of their feast in a Camden restaurant and wrote: “I survived the great British @KFC_UKI chicken shortage of 2018 #camden #KFCShortageSurvivor.”

According to the BBC a further 13 stores were forced to close across the UK on Tuesday with 575 of KFC’s 900 stores nationwide closed.

Stores across the UK were closed (Yui Mok/PA )

At 9pm on Monday just 563 were closed, according to KFC’s website.

A closed sign outside a KFC restaurant (Gareth Fuller/PA )

The company released an updated list of outlets that were still open on Tuesday morning – though KFC said earlier in the day that many were offering limited menus or had cut their hours.

The firm gave no indication of when the shortage would end leaving hungry customers in despair.

Which branches of KFC are open in London?

Holloway Road, Archway; Chiswick High Road, Chiswick; Coliseum Retail Park, Enfield; Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park; Leyton Mills Retails Park, Leyton; Haverstock Hill, Hampstead

Notting Hill Gate; Walworth Road, Elephant and Castle; High Street, Barnet; High Street, Feltham; High Street, Lewisham; Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington; High Street, Ruislip; High Road, Leyton

Victoria Place, Victoria Station; Eleanor Cross Road, Waltham Cross; Baker Street; Mile End Road, Bow; Camden High Street, Camden Town; Finchley Road, Finchley

Watford Way, Hendon; George Lane, South Woodford; Station Road, Edgware; Alexandra Avenue, Rayners Lane; Ballards Lane, Finchley; Northway Circus; Golders Green; High Road, Leytonstone

Chaseside, Southgate; King Street, Twickenham; High Road, Harrow Weald; Kings Street, Hammersmith; Westfield Stratford City; Gloucester Road, South Kensington; London Road, Thornton Heath; Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth

Ron Sanderson wrote on Twitter: “Disaster. Took the grandkids out to dinner at KFC only to see that it’s shut down. Some chicken shortage. Took them to McDonald’s but it’s not the same. Crying in the bathroom. Can’t show weakness in front of them. #KFCCrisis”

Daniel Watts wrote: “It’s crazy to think in 50 years that we will be able to turn round to our grandchildren and say I remember the kfc chicken crisis of 18”, while another added: “Do u know what I would eat? chips done in the kfc batter. kentucky fried chips.”

“We’re updating this as regularly as we can, and our teams are working around the cluck to get the rest back up and running as soon as possible”, KFC UK & Ireland said.

KFC said staff on short-term contacts working in restaurants owned by the chain would be paid the average hours worked per day over the past 12 weeks, while those on salaries would be paid as normal.

However, 80 per cent of KFC outlets are run on a franchise basis.

“Franchisees will be seeking their own independent advice, but we’re encouraging them to adopt this policy too,” said the chain.

The closures were the result of delayed chicken deliveries by DHL, which announced in November that it had been appointed alongside QSL to manage the supply and distribution of food products and packaging for more than 850 KFC restaurants throughout the UK.

“Due to operational issues a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed,” DHL said in a statement.

KFC chicken shortage – Colonel runs out of chicken across UK

“We are working with KFC and our partners to rectify the situation as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

KFC was previously a client of Bidvest Logistics.

The chicken chain detailed the problems in an earlier statement, which said: “We’ve brought a new delivery partner on board, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems – getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!”

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“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,” the company added. 

“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.”

Additional reporting by Press Asociation.

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