KFC to open at Westway by the end of the month

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AFTER months of standing empty it seems Arbroath’s new Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant is set to open very soon.

A flurry of activity in recent days around the site on the Westway Retail Park by plumbers and electricians had suggested that the fast food giant was almost ready to open its new outlet.

And a spokesperson from KFC confirmed they hoped to have the new restaurant trading by the end of the month.

She said: “We’re happy to confirm that our Arbroath restaurant is set to open later this month.

“We’d like to thank our fans for their patience and we look forward to serving them our great tasting chicken.”

The new restaurant building appeared to be completed in October last year but the outlet has stood empty for the past four months with barriers preventing access to the site.

The company then admitted that circumstances beyond their control were delaying the opening of the restaurant but refused to say what the circumstances were.

However in recent days, work has been ongoing at the site, which looked as though it was finally ready to open its doors.

Once completed and fully opened the restaurant will provide 30 jobs for people in the community.

Meanwhile, nothing has yet been settled about the date, or even the location, of the proposed Greggs baker’s shop and hot food takeaway which many people believe is destined for the Stead & Simpson shoe shop in the High Street precinct.

A spokesman for Greggs told us that he was not in a position to give a timescale or a location.

On being reminded that a planning application for signage at the shoe shop had been made to Angus Council some months ago, he said it was standard practice to make such applications early, and for more than one shop in the vicinity.

However, he confirmed that Greggs have a positive view towards opening in Arbroath, and once all the legal formalities were completed he would contact the Herald once again.