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Mile-long queues reported as KFC stores reopen in Black Country

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Entertainment | Published:

Chicken-lovers have been queueing around the block for KFC after some stores reopened in the Black Country.

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Queues of two miles have been reported this week as the fast-food chain opened 100 stores back up nationwide for delivery and drive-thru.

KFC is operating a limited menu due to a reduced workforce.

Dan Mayneord, from Alvechurch, posted on Facebook on Monday: "Been to work today as I'm a key worker.

"The queue for KFC in Wolverhampton was just ridiculous - a good two miles long.

"One - no I wasn't going.

"Two - how desperate have you got to be for a KFC to join the queue.

"Three - people are obviously struggling with the stay at home bit or they're just stupid."

The restaurants which have opened in the Black Country are: Penn Road Retail Park, Wolverhampton; Bentley Bridge, Wolverhampton; Great Bridge Retail Park, West Bromwich; Leamore Lane, Bloxwich; and Junction 9 services on the M6, Wednesbury.

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Stores have also opened in Orbital Retail Park, Cannock and Wrekin Retail Park, Telford.

Some branches are only open for delivery or drive-thru - but all those listed above are open for both.

Drive-thru lanes have opened in a total of 55 stores so far.

All stores were shut on March 25 following the coronavirus outbreak but KFC began reopening stores on Monday.

A spokesman for KFC said: "We know it’s tempting, but please, please don’t all rush at once.

"Delivery remains the best way to get your fried chicken fix – we just want to offer a little more choice to those who are already on the road for essential journeys or on their way home from difficult shifts."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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