Did you know the KFC founder Harland Sanders wasn’t born in Kentucky (bet you thought he was) actually he was born in September 9, 1980 in Henryville, Indiana and he served chicken for 10 years before he mastered his 11 herbs and spices popularly known as Colonel Sanders Secret recipe.
Long before he started KFC, Sanders opened his first restaurant, Sanders Court & Café in 1930. A decade later Sander expanded the business, before it was destroyed in a fire in 1939. He later rebuilt the restaurant and began to franchise his recipe to other stores in 1952.
The first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” opened in South Salt Lake, Utah and Restaurateur Pete Harman became the first franchisee. Pete Harman purchased the buckets from another owner. He said sales took off after advertising the meal, which had 14 pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy for Ksh 340.46.
Interesting Facts about KFC
- If you’re interested in opening a KFC, It will cost you a whopping Ksh 126,455,550 setup one and another between Ksh 126,455,550 and Ksh 243,183,750 to secure a location, build it, buy the equipment, and purchase start-up inventory.
- Colonel Sanders was not a real colonel. Though he enjoyed a brief stint in the army, he got the title colonel from from the state of Kentucky because of his good service and high accomplishments to the state in 1935. 5,000 other Kentuckians received the honorary title
- Kentucky Fried Chicken officially changed its name to KFC in 1991. The reason behind this is The Commonwealth of Kentucky trademarked the name “Kentucky” in 1990 and for copyright reasons the company opted to change its name simply to KFC.
- KFC currently has full operations in 115 countries including Kenya
- Currently 12 million people visit a KFC every day, Four million people in the U.S and 10 million globally.
- China is KFC’s real bread-and butter and it generates the greatest sales and net income for the franchise.
Just to throw in a little fact about Kenya, the Franchise has 6 outlets one in Kenya. You can either visit the Woodvale Grove, Junction Mall, Limuru road, CBD, Galleria Mall or the drive-thru along Mombasa road and indulge in some of their delicious chicken
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