The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 1801 23rd St. in Columbus has been closed for more than a week, and its future in town is in question.
"While it is always a difficult decision to close a restaurant, we appreciate the patronage of our loyal customers," said Kasey Ryan, of KFC's public relations team.
A sign on the front door of the fast food establishment on Monday stated that the closure is only temporary; however, that has clashed with statements from the corporate side. Posts on social media suggested the restaurant was getting a new local franchise owner, but, when questioned, Ryan said, "We have no additional details to share at this time."
Signage has remained up for more than a week. People driving by the store have seen the KFC logo with the smiling Colonel Sanders in addition to the oversized bucket that tops the sign. The store's LED video board has been turned off.
The store remains much as it was before the closure. Nothing inside has been stripped from the walls, and small carpets with the KFC logo remain and have not been removed. The only thing indicating that someone was inside the building is the presence of a ladder in the middle of the store.
People are still driving through, only to be turned off by the store's closure. Several people have knocked on the door of the store, only to notice the sign and drive away.
Zach Roth is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.
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