The Cuyahoga Falls KFC is set to become a Krispy Krunchy Chicken, but the future of the in Stow is still up in the air.
"In 2010, KFC sued , Gita Rao and Ganesh Rao Ponneri, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract. KFC said the franchise failed to pay about $175,000 in royalties and advertising fees," according to an Akron Beacon Journal story. In March, Rao's Hospitality and KFC Corp. received a settlement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the restaurants were ordered to close by May 31, 2012 at midnight.
The Cuyahoga Falls KFC already closed and will be leased to be a Krispy Krunchy Chicken. But, the Stow location that was remains open.
"The renovations were mandated by KFC corporate, said Peter Paul, human resource director for Rao's Hospitality. Paul said Rao's spent approximately $370,000 on the Stow restaurant's recent facelift. 'We plan to keep it open,' he said, adding that whether the restaurant will remain a KFC remains to be seen," according to a Falls News Press story.