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More KFC restaurants reopen in Norfolk amid chicken shortage

PUBLISHED: 13:33 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 21 February 2018

Hundreds of KFC branches have been closed across the UK and Ireland. Photo: Archant Library

Hundreds of KFC branches have been closed across the UK and Ireland. Photo: Archant Library

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Three more KFC restaurants have reopened in Norfolk but the company expects disruption to branches will continue for the rest of the week.

Restaurants on High Street and Regent Road in Great Yarmouth and the Chapelfield branch in Norwich were confirmed as trading this afternoon on KFC’s website.

The King’s Lynn restaurant on the Hardwick Estate also reopened earlier.

Hundreds of the chain’s nearly 900 stores are still closed, while many of those that are open are offering limited menus or have cut their hours.

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KFC said staff on short-term contacts working in restaurants owned by the chain would be paid the average hours worked per day over the past 12 weeks, while those on salaries would be paid as normal. However, 80pc of KFC outlets are run on a franchise basis.

“Franchisees will be seeking their own independent advice, but we’re encouraging them to adopt this policy too,” said the chain.

The closures were the result of delayed chicken deliveries by DHL, which announced in November that it had been appointed alongside QSL to manage the supply and distribution of food products and packaging for more than 850 KFC restaurants throughout the UK.

“Due to operational issues a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed,” DHL said in a statement.

“We are working with KFC and our partners to rectify the situation as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

KFC was previously a client of Bidvest Logistics.

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