KFC says it won’t be here for the summer

Sydenham sports to be a KFC.Picture Richard Ponter 140720
Sydenham sports to be a KFC.Picture Richard Ponter 140720

Fried chicken fans will have to wait a little longer for KFC to finally open a Scarborough branch, after the firm admitted the town centre store won’t be ready for the peak summer season.

The fast food giant says there “won’t be an update” until at least the end of July on the proposed Huntiriss Row store, which Scarborough Council’s planning department is still mulling over.

It effectively dashes any hope that the store will be ready to open in time for the peak summer tourist season.

However, the firm now says that up to 45 jobs could be created at the store if the council approves the plans, although the Kentucky-based firm has yet to start the recruitment process.

Castle ward councillor Janet Jefferson has been vocal in her support of the plans, and while she admits she is disappointed the firm won’t be moving in this summer, she feels the delay could actually be a boost for the town centre.

“Of course the news is disappointing, but people will still come to Scarborough in the summer, so if it opens after the season, then it will give the town centre a boost throughout the year,” said Cllr Jefferson, a business owner herself.

“It means there’s something else here outside of the summer.

“KFC has a big following, and I know people who travel to York and even Newcastle to visit it, so if people come here instead out of season, it will be good for the town.”

A decision should have been made at the end of May on whether or not planning permission should be granted for the restaurant.

However, a handful of objections, many from neighbouring food firms, mean a council committee will likely have the final say on whether permission is granted.

Complainants have aired concerns regarding litter and noise, with one neighbour even fearing it could attract “gangs”.

There have been no objections from any council bodies nor the police. And KFC fans, who persuaded the company to open in Scarborough through a 5,000 signature-plus Facebook petition, have submitted letters of support to the council.