KFC stores to close temporarily over chicken shortage

Ash Cant
·2-min read

Several KFC restaurants in Victoria have been forced to close and others will have their opening hours cut due to a shortage of chicken as suppliers deal with exposure to coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the fast food giant confirmed the news in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

“Our chicken supply has been disrupted in Victoria this week and some of our restaurants will only be open for limited hours or may have to close this weekend,” the KFC spokesperson said.

Several KFC stores across Victoria have been closed or had store hours reduced due to a chicken shortage. Source: KFC
Several KFC stores across Victoria have been closed or had store hours reduced due to a chicken shortage. Source: KFC

“We’re sorry for any issues this causes our customers – we’re doing everything we can to help our suppliers get back on track.”

On social media, Melbourne residents questioned why the KFC stores near them were not open.

The limited supply of chicken in Victoria comes as the state struggles to contain its second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, where daily cases are being reported in the hundreds.

Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire are currently under lockdown to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and while dining out is no longer and option, takeaway and delivery is still available.

KFC sources its chicken from a number of suppliers in Australia including Inghams, Steggles and Golden Farms.

Last week it was announced an Inghams Further Processing Plant in Thomastown, north of Melbourne, would be temporarily closed after five workers tested positive to coronavirus.

KFC did not confirm which stores would be affected by the shortage.

Inghams was forced to shut one of its chicken factory's last week after five workers tested positive. Source: Getty Images
Inghams was forced to shut one of its chicken factory's last week after five workers tested positive. Source: Getty Images

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