COLCHESTER: It’s official! The wait is finally over as fried chicken lovers rejoice following the ‘long awaited’ opening of KFC drive-thru in Stanway.
Cutting the ribbon outside the new multi-million pound store to a cheer of waiting customers, the new location at Stane Leisure Park in Stanway was officially opened today (Monday 24th September) at 10:30am.
Phil Johnston, KFC franchisee and Director of Kefco Sales Limited said: “It is fantastic we are able to bring Colchester’s first drive-thru KFC to Stanway. It is exciting we are creating opportunities for local people, to be part of our fantastic team.”
Kefco Sales, a family business, operates 18 KFC locations across Essex including Colchester High Street, Chelmsford, Clacton and Southend. Established in 1972, the business now employs more than 850 staff, including those at new Stanway location.
Stanway resident, Debbie B. was one of those waiting outside the store. She said: “I’m excited to be the first customer at the new KFC here in Stanway. I have been waiting along time for the store to open this side of town, and very much welcome the new store here in Stane Park.”
KFC becomes the second new restaurant to open in the newly developed Stane Leisure Park in Stanway. Last week Starbucks opened their first drive-thru Starbucks restaurant at the £12 million development.
Phil added: “KFC is a great place to learn valuable life skills, allowing young people perhaps entering their first job, the opportunity to progress through the ranks as a team member into our management programme.”
Claire Owen, franchisee and Director of Human Resources at Kefco Sales said: “I am proud our 18 store managers began their career with KFC as team members, it shows how we as a family business dedicate our time and commitment to our staff, offering training schemes and a fully paid apprenticeship scheme which allow staff the potential to gain degree level qualifications.”
Opening hours of the new store are Monday to Saturday from 10:30am until 10:30pm, opening at 11am on Sunday. Drive-thru hours are extended until 11:30pm each day.
KFC Stanway are continuing to recruit for new team members. Those wishing to apply can do so via the official recruitment page.