KFC Ordered to Close by the End of May, What Should Replace the Business?

According to a settlement, the fried chicken restaurant must close by midnight May 31, 2012.

A settlement between KFC Corp. and a franchise owner in the area is shutting the fast food restaurants down. 

"In 2010, KFC sued Rao’s Hospitality, 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. 

Calls to the on Kent Road, , were not answered. 

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Mayor Sara Drew said she was not aware of a closing date for the Stow location. Thealready closed weeks ago. 

Economic Developer Mike Weddle said the news of the restaurant closing came to him as a surprise. 

"I'm always sorry to see a business close, our economic development team will focus on getting something in there," Drew said. 

What business would Stow residents like to see replace the KFC when it does eventually close? Tell us in the comments section!

Mindy Davis April 26, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Jimmy John's!
Leigh Peterson April 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Joe's Crab Shack! I always see commercials for them on tv, but the closest ones are in Pittsburgh or Columbus. It's such a tease. Or Quiznos could come back, I miss them!
Leigh Peterson April 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I just sent a tweet to @Joes_Crab_Shack asking them to come here :-)
Amanda Harnocz April 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Awesome! Let me know what they say. I'd like a Joe's too, but it seems like that space might be too small for them?
Amanda Harnocz April 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I don't miss those strange spongemonkey commercials though.
Stow Resident April 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Noodles & Company. The place is fantastic! http://www.noodles.com/ Joes Crab Shack will not come. They failed in Cuyahoga Falls didn't they? Quiznos also failed in Stow. If they couldn't make it work before why would they purchase a stand alone building and risk even more?
Stephanie Myers April 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Chick fil A
Leigh Peterson April 26, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Yes Joes Crab Shack was in Cuy Falls, but that was years ago. Who knows with a new owner...I agree the place is too big for a Quiznos. I just miss them and I don't like Jimmy John's sandwiches, I can make the same at home. I've got tons of noodles at home, why go out for noodles? I've got boxed noodles, bagged noodles, frozen noodles, noodles in jars, just-add-water noodles, ready to eat noodles...
Debbie S. April 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I like Chic-Fil-A's food, but not all of their corporate social policies...
Jack Kelly April 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM
All of the Quizno locations in Stow (3) failed, and the company is struggling to stay out of Chapter 11. They've been struggling for several years. The advantage to that specific KFC is that they just finished renovations just a month or so ago, so I would believe that would be a significant selling/leasing point to a potential fast food/quick service establishment. Just an FYI -- the Falls' KFC closed in mid-December and never reopened because of health department violations.
Stow Resident April 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
No one is going to invest money in bring Joe's back if they failed in this area already. Noodles in your house? The same thing can be said for seafood. I've got seafood in my freezer at home too. Poor argument. Noodles & Company is one of the top growing franchises right now. Quiznos is a dying brand.
Amanda Harnocz April 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
What about another fried chicken place? (With 22 percent of you saying you're happy they are closing as of 4 p.m., I'm looking forward to seeing your response.)
Justin Pullin April 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Chic fil a? One in cuyahoga falls and Macedonia. Don't need another one so close.
Leigh Peterson April 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Noodles are easy to make. Seafood not so much. Wow I didn't know Quiznos had 3 locations around here. I knew of 2. Where is Chic Fil a in Cuy Falls?
Jack Kelly April 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Plaza at Chapel Hill in the front with the other eateries/fast food joints.
Matthew M April 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Firehouse Subs... www.Firehousesubs.com.
Jack Kelly April 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I was just re-reading the story (I didn't realize it was updated after I first read it that says the Falls one actually reopened -- before closing again lol), and since this was an issue with the franchisee, I wonder if another franchisee would be interested in re-opening it as a KFC. Especially since it's been remodeled, has the colors, etc. (and I'm assuming the equipment within the stores is property of KFC).
Sherry Thomas April 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Has anyone been to The Original Steaks & Hoagies in Twinsburg? It is awesome! This would be a perfect place for a Stow location!
Stow Resident April 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Leigh, you think all they serve are plain noodles? Try looking into it a bit more. They offer shrimp, steak, chicken, beef, tofu, meatballs, salads, sandwiches, potstickers, etc. and you would rather have yet another Quiznos? Yes lets bring in a failed sub shop when we already have one across the street in subway. http://www.noodles.com/files/menus/WebmenuTier1_Salad.pdf
Jack Kelly April 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Zoup! (and it's not just soup, either).
Brian N April 27, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I agree with jack that another franchisee should move into this area and reopen the closed locations under the kfc brand. Either that, or another chicken joint would be nice. Another idea is a Little Caesars hot and ready. It sucks having to drive to the falls, Kent, or streetsboro for it.
jiim may September 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Open a vegetarian restaurant.


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