Fast-food chain KFC has been forced to close hundreds of its stores in the United Kingdom because of a shortage of chicken, Reuters reports, citing the company.
The problem arose at the weekend after the chain switched its delivery contract to DHL, forcing the majority of its 900 outlets in Britain to shut.
“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,” KFC said on its website.
“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.”
DHL blamed the delivery delays on “operational issues”. “We are working with KFC and our partners to rectify the situation as a priority and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” a spokeswoman said.
According to The Guardian, a total of 562 KFC outlets remained shut on Monday.
KFC published a list of only 338 stores that were still open on Monday night. Many were offering a limited menu and restricted opening hours, the newspaper said.
The company did not say when operations would return to normal, although it said it was working “flat out” to resolve the crisis.
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