Jobs go with Taihape KFC closure

Job losses have come as Taihape residents say goodbye to KFC.

Residents with a craving for the colonel's chicken will have to find another option when KFC closes for good next week.

Staff were told yesterday morning the store would close when the lease on its premises expires. Monday will be its last day.

General manager Jamie McKaughan said 15 staff would be affected by the closure. "KFC is working to identify alternative opportunities within the business for those staff who want to continue to be employed by the company."

The lease on the building had been for 7 years, building owner Graeme Brodley said. He found out last week that KFC would not be continuing, adding that the decision came as a surprise.

McKaughan said Restaurant Brands, which owns the KFC franchise, reviewed the business within the Taihape community and a decision was made to close the store at the end of the lease.

Manawatu Standard