KFC franchisee administration leads to permanent closures of three branches in Kent

KFC franchisee administration leads to permanent closures of three branches in Kent

KFC Locations in Kent Permanently Closed Due to Franchisee Administration

Three KFC locations in Kent have permanently closed as a result of their franchise holders entering administration. The fast food chain’s restaurants in Market Square, Dover, The Mall in Maidstone, and Roman Way in Crayford have all shut their doors.

According to signs posted at the entrances of the Dover and Crayford locations, franchisees Caskade Caterers, Caskade 2020, Castlebarn, and Grovemaze have all entered into administration. Begbies Traynor and FRP Advisory Trading have been appointed as joint administrators.

The signs also stated that certain assets were sold to Supercharger South, Supercharger Central, and Supercharger Restaurants, who will continue to operate the majority of the company’s former franchised restaurants. However, the Dover location was not included in the transfer and is now closed indefinitely.

A spokesperson for KFC stated, “We’re constantly reviewing our portfolio of over 1,000 restaurants and from time to time we have to close restaurants. A handful of restaurants across Kent have recently been closed.” They also reassured customers that there are other nearby KFC locations where they can still enjoy the famous fried chicken.

It is currently unknown how many jobs will be impacted by the closures. However, administrators Begbies Traynor have confirmed the successful sale of 40 branches to Adil Group, who will continue to operate them as KFC restaurants. This sale will retain over 900 employees and provide a positive outcome for the majority of branches and employees affected by the closures.

In addition to the Kent locations, KFC outlets in New Milton and Christchurch have also suddenly closed due to their franchise holder entering administration. Signs have been posted at the entrances of these locations stating that four companies, including Caskade Caterers, have gone under. The administrators have stated that the sale to the new owners, Adil Group, is a positive outcome and will provide a sound financial footing for the future of the affected branches.

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