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KFC returns to Yellowknife, joined by Taco Bell, Starbucks

Inside the old Yellowknife KFC days before its closure in 2015
Inside the old Yellowknife KFC days before its closure in 2015. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio

KFC is set to make a Yellowknife comeback, three years after its closure in the city made headlines.

Three fast food outlets – KFC, Taco Bell, and Starbucks – are seeking permits to open at 251 Old Airport Road, a vacant lot opposite the city’s uptown Independent grocery store, close to McDonald’s and Booster Juice.

A KFC franchise operated in downtown Yellowknife for almost 50 years before its closure, announced in July 2015, became one of the territory’s most-shared news stories of the year.

The outlet’s closure was felt beyond Yellowknife. Residents from a range of smaller communities remembered ordering hundreds of pieces of chicken at a time from the Yellowknife franchise, delivered by aircraft, to cater for large gatherings ranging from weddings to funerals.



At the time, franchise owner Matthew Jason said staff at KFC’s corporate headquarters had been increasingly difficult to deal with.

Illustrations and plans contained on pages 128 and 129 of the agenda for Monday’s municipal services committee meeting, which is a regular meeting for Yellowknife city councillors and administration, clearly depict all three fast food outlets and set out how they would look.

The proposed restaurants require council approval before they can go ahead.