November 19th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 45
Blairmore KFC is finger lickin’ closed
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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After years of service KFC has closed its door in the Crowsnest Pass.
Pass Herald Reporter
You may have heard about Kentucky Fried Chicken’s (KFC) Zinger Double Down King burger.
It’s made from a beef patty topped with bacon, barbeque and white pepper sauces sandwiched between two fried chicken fillets.
This tasty little meat monster weighs in at 750 calories and is available at KFC franchises in Korea but Pass residents won’t have the chance to chow down on the Double Down King anytime soon because the KFC in Blairmore is closing.
The franchise owners declined to comment but Aidan Nguyen, spokesperson for Strategic Objectives, a public relations firm representing the chain, confirmed that the Blairmore location is now closed.
“We are aware that the Blairmore location is currently closed. However we value our customers’ loyalty and hope to serve a community that has had such strong ties with KFC in the future,” said Nguyen.
This could mark the end of KFC’s long and significant history in the Pass, which is home to the venerable Kay Kerr, the women who perfected KFC gravy. The Kerr family owned several KFC franchises throughout the area and in the 1970s, Kay developed a new gravy recipe that cut preparation time down from 30 minutes to two minutes. All KFC franchises adopted the recipe and Kerr got to meet Colonel Sanders himself for her efforts.
Kerr declined to comment for this article.
The Blairmore KFC had been having some issues with provincial health regulations this summer.
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According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Blairmore KFC failed two health inspections on consecutive days in August.
On Aug. 12, inspectors noted four non-compliances including evidence of pests in the establishment, use of contaminated cleaning cloths and sponges, improper storage and handling of food and damage to the cooler walls, ceiling, dish pit and counter.
In a follow up inspection on Aug. 13, three non-compliances were reported but by the next inspection on Aug. 19, only one was found and the establishment was rated satisfactory.
Janine Sakatch, spokesperson for AHS, said the province did not close the restaurant for these infractions.
“They had an inspection and they had a follow up required on a subsequent visit they were passed,” she said.
The owners of the Blairmore establishment also owned another KFC franchise in Pincher Creek, which is also closed and has since been turned into a pizza shop. This means residents will either have to hitch a ride to Lethbridge for a taste of the Colonel’s chicken or hop a plane to South Korea for a taste of the Zinger Double Down King burger.
November 19th ~ Vol. 84 No. 45
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