Updated: KFC Restaurants Closed Across the Northstate
Several Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants across the Northstate have been closed due to bankruptcy.
The closing of the popular fast-food chain comes as a shock to many customers as well as employees.
The KFC location on Cypress Avenue as well as Lake Boulevard in Redding have shut their doors.
The Anderson, Oroville, and Mangrove Ave in Chico restaurants will no longer serve the Colonel Sanders special chicken either.
However a manager at the Redding Cypress location said the fryers won't be empty for long because Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen restaurants are set to replace them.
According to the manager the KFC franchisee went bankrupt, forcing him to close several northern California restaurants, as well as some in southern California and Minnesota.
The restaurants spanning the Northstate closed their doors at 10 p.m. Saturday night.
Workers at the Cypress location said the news was shocking and said they didn't learn they would be job-less until Friday morning.
Throughout the day on Sunday hungry customers were turned away.
The bought-out restaurants are expected to be closed for several months while they are remodeled into Popeye's.
The KFC branches in Red Bluff and the East 20th Street location inside the Chico mall were not purchased and will remain KFC.
We talked to the franchisee who operates the KFC locations in Paradise and Willows and he tells us that his locations, as well as the location in Yreka will not be affected. They are not going through bankrupty, and all operations will stay exactly as they are right now.
A KFC manager at a restaurant that is being affected said it's difficult to tell but estimates about 100 jobs will be lost among the Northstate restaurants closing.
No word yet if the new Popeye's restaurants will hire the KFC employees.