Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) — the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain — may soon have to shut shop in Mumbai. The landlords of KFC’s only outlet in Mumbai at Linking Road have served it a notice for a host of violations of the lease agreement.
This follows a disagreement between the landlords — Shah and Sanghavi — and the franchise owners Asif and Padma Adil of Kernel Foods Pvt Ltd. The landlords published a public notice announcing that the 11-month-old agreement stands cancelled as the franchise owners have not paid security deposit, maintenance and water charges, among other things.
They have also claimed that the franchise owners have been conducting business without obtaining police licence. Legal advisors of the landlords have published a notice, asking the public to stay away from the premises.
However, Arvind Mediratta, chief marketing officer, Yum! Restaurants International, who officially owns the fast food chain, said: “This is due to some disagreement between the landlords and franchise owner. I assure that KFC will not shut shop in Mumbai even for a day.”
Attempts to contact the franchisees were unsuccessful.