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KFC has confirmed it will be leaving The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, just hours after McDonald’s revealed they would also be closing its store.

A spokesperson has this afternoon announced the popular fried chicken franchise would be shutting up shop at Bristol’s largest shopping centre next month.

Although the chain will be leaving The Mall itself, another store just minutes away at The Venue is set to stay open.

A KFC spokesperson said: “A KFC spokesperson said: “Unfortunately we’re having to close our restaurant at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway at the end of March.

“We’re currently in consultation with our team members at the restaurant and we’re aiming to offer all of them roles across our other seven Bristol restaurants.

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“For fans in the Cribbs Causeway area who still want to enjoy a KFC, we have a restaurant at The Venue right next door to The Mall.

Earlier today, McDonald’s also confirmed they would be leaving The Mall with doors closing permanently on March 9.

A spokesperson confirmed all staff working at the outlet would be offered positions at other nearby franchises.

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway refused to comment on the reason for the departures of the two fast food restaurants, and have instead chosen to draw attention to new arrivals at the shopping centre.

A spokesperson said: “We do not comment on market speculation or discussions with individual operators.

“A vibrant mix of restaurants is very important for The Mall, and we are welcoming new brands Chopstix and local favourite Chandos Deli to Cribbs Causeway.

“We look forward to announcing more exciting names in the near future.”

Source: Bristol Post

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