KFC is temporarily closing down three restaurants in the deep South for renovation - two in Pattani and one in Yala.
KFC follows strict measures in maintaining operating standards at its stores. Every outlet and its equipment must be regularly checked, maintained and certified in accordance with the company’s quality standards, the chain said in a statement yesterday.
Underlining such principles, the stores in the two provinces, which have been operating for more than10 years, need to be renovated, it said.
However, it is hard to perform any repairs or renovation as well as regular equipment maintenance due to difficulties in transportation and finding staff and contractors to work in the area.
While the three stores are closed, KFC will further study operating solutions as well as find more suitable locations to maintain its global operating standard.
Staff at the three shops were offered a relocation programme, and 13 decided to take up positions.
KFC is still committed to investing in Thailand and sees great growth potential. The company operates more than 500 stores and plans to add more than 50 nationwide this year. In the South, it operates 65 stores and will add 10 this year and 10 next year.
The decision to close the three stores is by no means connected with the Halal-certified matter, it said.
Its practice is to use ingredients, storage and cooking procedures in accordance with Halal standard. Its stores in the Phuket area have been certified by the Phuket Islamic Council.
The company is discussing with the Central Islamic Council of Thailand for further Halal certification, it added.