New Delhi, Feb 20: Fast-food chain KFC was forced to shut down around 500 UK outlets after problems with a new delivery contract led to a chicken shortage. Of the total 900 outlets in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, more than 500 were reportedly shut on Monday. Also Read - Meghan Markle Reveals She Suffered Miscarriage in July, Says 'Losing a Child Means Carrying Unbearable Grief'

Hanging signboards on many of the closed stores read, “Sorry, we’re closed. We deliver our chickens fresh into our restaurants, but we’ve had a few hiccups with the delivery today. We wouldn’t want to be open without offering our full menu, but we’ll be back at the fryers as soon as we can.” Also Read - UK to Ban Diesel, Petrol Cars From 2030 For New Green Industrial Revolution

The food chain also issued a statement blaming the delivery partner for the problem. It said,”We’ve brought a new delivery partner on board, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems – getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex.” Also Read - UK First Country in Europe to Cross 50,000 COVID Deaths, 22950 New Cases Recorded This Week

“We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu, or shortened hours,”the statement added.

KFC’s delivery partner DHL which recently took over the KFC contract from Bidvest Logistics, said that a number of its deliveries had been “incomplete or delayed” because of “operational issues.”  The logistics company further cited that it was working with KFC to resolve the issue.