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KFC to open 40 new outlets in UK, Ireland

RBR Staff Writer Published 02 April 2013

US-based fast food restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is planning to open 40 new outlets throughout the UK and Ireland in 2013.

The proposed store openings are expected to create 1,600 new jobs across the region.

KFC currently operates 850 restaurants and employs about 24,000 people in the UK and Ireland.

The company will invest £40m to drive the expansion, in addition to another £40m on the refurbishment of 160 existing restaurants.

The new restaurants will increase KFC's total number of UK and Ireland outlets to nearly 900.

The American restaurant chain also announced that it is testing a new click and collect iPhone app.

KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, entered the UK in 1965, with its first store in the country opened in Preston, Lancashire.

Founded 1930, the restaurant chain currently has more than 17,000 outlets in 115 countries and territories. Its menu features the brand's signature chicken dishes, sandwiches and wraps, salads and side dishes, desserts and soft drinks