The 'Colonel' is leaving town; KFC closing its doors
The colonel will no longer be a part of Linton after Thursday; Colonel Sanders that is.
Kentucky Fried Chicken in Linton will close down at 10 p.m. on Thursday due to a lawsuit that has been filed with the company citing the lack of remodeling, according to Linton KFC General Manager Stacy Thuis said.
"We don't really know too much, yet. They just told us on Tuesday we were shutting down," Thuis said.
The main reaction among employees that work at the location was anger. Crystal Kirkley, Bloomfield, has worked at the location for more than three years, and Elizabeth Drogich, of Linton, has been there for two years. They explained that they were informed on Tuesday that the business would be closing.
"She (Drogich) has a kid. I go to college. We needed this job," Kirkley said.
Drogich added that she is a single mother.
The employees said they will be unable to file for unemployment until Sunday, and fear that they will not be able to find another job in the area.
Both girls expressed concern that people of the community would assume they were getting closed because of issues within the store, but that is not the case. It was a corporate decision based on the lawsuit.
Reaction from customers has been a mixture between shock and anger. Kirkley said the previous night she had customers yelling obscenities at her through in the drive-thru.
"We eat here every so often ... We really like this place," Katie Lane said after ordering her food.
She was unaware that the business intended on closing its doors permanently that evening.
Thuis noted that he will not know more information until the regional manager comes to help clean out the store next week.