KFC converts to semi open-plan kitchens

Fast food chain KFC has unveiled what the future of its stores in the UK will look — and the advent of semi open-plan kitchens have emerged as a key feature.

The fried chicken specialist this week opened the doors of its UK concept store in Bracknell, revealing the results of a major refurbishment of the entire set-up from front to back.

The move paves the way for similar overhauls to eventually take place at the 870 stores that KFC operates in the UK.

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The restaurant interior is now more informal and stylish than customers than customers have been used to, with low-hanging copper light fixtures, and loose furniture adding to the ambience.

Meanwhile, the back-of-house area has been completely redesigned to improve the speed of service.

KFC’s first ever semi open-plan kitchen will also allow diners to see their orders being hand prepared by KFC staff.

The makeover is the brainchild of design agency R&R. Manager Jade Swaby said it was important to make the kitchen a key function of the new layout.

“We wanted the design to reflect the fact that, unlike many ‘fast food’ restaurants, at KFC cooks prepare and make fresh food, from scratch, every day — so the sense of the kitchen being the heart of the home really influenced the authentic, inviting design.”

Refurbishments are currently taking place at stores in Exeter and Reading, with the company planning to roll out the new concept nationwide from March 2015.

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