KFC has found itself in the bizarre situation of having to temporarily close some of its stores in the UK after running out of a chicken.
Sites in Bristol, Berkshire, Cheshire, Devon, Newcastle, Suffolk and Surrey are among those that were forced offline at the weekend due to logistics issues caused by a change of supplier.
Notices were put up on the doors of affected outlets, with the company citing “teething problems” for the hiccup.
News of the shortage caused a storm on social media, as customers told of having to find nearby branches that would serve them chicken.
Some restaurants offered a reduced menu or shorter opening hours to contend with the delivery delays.
The closures are likely to have cost the business tens of thousands of pounds in lost revenue, although on social media KFC gave a light-hearted response, posting a tweet that read: “The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants.”
A spokesperson for KFC said: “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!
“We won’t compromises on quality so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours.”
Bosses at the chain said that many of its restaurant teams were working “flat out” to get operations back up and running again.