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!

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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