Business

KFC Closes in Pahoa

September 24, 2012, 4:05 PM HST
* Updated September 25, 11:15 AM
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Kentucky Friend Chicken in Pahoa closed abruptly over the weekend, less than two years after the store franchise opened.

As of Saturday, the store was closed with a sign posted on the door that read, “To our valued customers, we are close [sic] for business, thank you for your patronage, KFC Pahoa.”

According to the KFC website, the company has 15,000 outlets in 109 countries and territories and serves nearly 12 million people a day.

The eatery, which opened in January 2011, was part of the recently developed Woodland Center that includes a gas station, Burger King, and Longs Drugs.

In May the developer of Woodland Center filed a lawsuit against Kazi Foods Corp. of Hawaii, the franchisee of Kentucky Fried Chicken, for more than $300,000 in costs pertaining to both the construction of the restaurant and the extension road connecting Kahakai Boulevard intersection at Highway 130, which provides access to the stores.

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It’s unclear if this lawsuit was a factor in the restaurant’s closure. Beyond the sign on the door, there has been no public notification or explanation of the business closure.

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In fact, the company web site and the store’s Facebook page still show the store being in business.

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