A new Amersham branch of American fast-food chicken chain KFC is set to open just in time for Christmas.
The store, set to open on the former site of the TSB on Sycamore Road, has confirmed an expected December date for its launch, has already begun scouting for new team members, with an estimated 50 jobs to be created as a result.
The restaurant giant has had a year-long journey to get to this point, having first applied for a planning application in January this year, gaining approval in April despite some complaints from nearby residents over concerns the development could increase foot traffic and problems with littering.
This new arrival may come as surprise to some as another proposal for a fast-food restaurant on the same road, pizza chain Papa John’s, was rejected by Buckinghamshire County Council in September, citing reasons against the approval that could easily be applied to KFC.
In the council’s decision notice for Papa John’s, Steve Bambrick, service director of planning and environment, said: “Due to the lack of parking and facilities for takeaway drivers to park to collect orders, the location is unsuitable for such a use, and this would add to the harm to the vitality of the town centre.”
He added that the development “would fail to provide access to healthier food”. There was also a higher amount of local objection to the pizzeria’s plans, with 28 letters of objection compared to KFC’s 12.
Buckinghamshire County Council have been contacted by AMERSHAMnews, but at time of print have yet to comment.