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