New Springfield KFC opens today

First 50 customers will receive free chicken for a year

A new Springfield KFC restaurant is opening today in the parking lot of Meijer on Hillcrest Avenue.

“The first 50 customers will receive free chicken for a year,” Michelle Doebele, Director of Communications and Culture at KBP Investments, a company affiliated with KFC told the News-Sun.

The restaurant has a drive-thru with an indoor dining area - similar to the other area KFC locations.

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Doebele previously said that they were expecting to hire more than 40 full- and part-time employees.

In July 2019, the land where the KFC is located, 1520 Hillcrest Ave., was rezoned by the city of Springfield before Plaza Street Partners, a real estate developer firm in Kansas, purchased the land for $250,000, Alex Dietz, the economic development coordinator for Clark County said.

Dietz said there is a continued interest in development near the new KFC.

“The conversations that we’re having with retailers whether that be on the QSR (quick-service restaurant) side, the sit-down restaurant side or regular retail side, is heavily focus on Bechtle Avenue,” Dietz said.

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Doebele said that KFC is proud to be part of the Springfield community.

“We are excited to add another location, making KFC’s Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™ and Extra Crispy™ Tenders, Hot Wings™, KFC Famous Bowls®, Pot Pies, freshly hand prepared chicken sandwiches, biscuits and homestyle side items even more accessible,” she added.

The new KFC opens at 10:30 a.m. today.

There are more than 24,000 KFC restaurants in over 145 countries and territories around the world. The other Springfield KFC restaurant is located at 2407 E. Main St.

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