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 - More than half of Omicron cases in UK were double vaccinated

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 - RT-PCR Test, Mandatory Quarantine: How These States Brace to Tackle Omicron Variant | Full List Here

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 - Beyond Pawandeep Rajan-Arunita Kanjilal! Indian Idol 12 Contestant Sawai Bhatt Struggling With Stability, Read on

“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.