A brand new KFC restaurant is on its way to a high street in Essex, with an opening date set for next month. The fried chicken giant is set to land in Billericay High Street in April.
Plans were submitted to Basildon Council last year to bring a new fast food restaurant to the high street, which would replace the then vacant site previously occupied by betting shop Coral. Now, following the success of this application in November, construction has moved forward at full speed to bring the new restaurant to the city.
Signage for KFC is complete, with window displays indicating the restaurant will open in April. KFC said the new site will create around 40 jobs – 20 full-time and 20 part-time. A campaign to recruit general managers, assistant managers and team members has already taken place.
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The new branch received planning permission to open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. During the planning process, six objections were submitted to council by residents who were concerned about noise, odors, litter and antisocial behavior. KFC has addressed these concerns, including a “Good Neighbor Guide” in its app and has pledged to listen to residents and address any concerns they may have after opening.
Planning plans show that the restaurant area would be at the front of the building, with a kitchen and storage space at the rear. A lounge area and self-service kiosks would be installed according to the plans. In its application, KFC said the information restaurant would have a positive impact on Billericay High Street’s nightlife economy and integrate well with existing businesses and the street scene.
The exact opening date has not yet been confirmed. News of the new chicken shop in Billericay follows KFC’s reopening and refurbishment of its former restaurant in Southend High Street, which opened earlier this year after it was announced it would return in December 2021.
The fast food chain is the latest new business to come to Billericay, following the new indoor adventure golf course and Hackers escape room, which opened in the former Argos unit further up in the main street. It has two nine-hole golf courses in a Mayan setting, as well as four escape rooms.