List of countries with KFC franchises

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This is a list of countries with KFC franchises.

As of 2022, there are at least 25,000 KFC outlets in 147 countries and territories in the world. The first KFC franchise opened in the United States in 1952. +more The first overseas franchise was established in the United Kingdom in May 1965. A large number of Caribbean and developed Western markets entered by the early 1970s. This was followed by expansion throughout the Middle East and developed Asian markets from the mid-1970s and into the 1980s. China was entered in 1987. Expansions were made into most of Europe and South America in the early 1990s. The most recent area of expansion is Africa, where the company is targeting the continent's growing middle class.

The major markets for KFC include China (7,166 stores), the United States (3,943 stores), Japan (1,140 stores), Russia (979 stores), South Africa (955 stores), the United Kingdom (928 stores), Thailand (853 stores), Malaysia (743 stores), Indonesia (742 stores), Australia (699 stores), and Canada (601 stores).

The global operations are overseen by Yum International, which is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Yum! typically grant a master franchise to a local operator, or take a stake in a joint venture between such a company and itself. +more In 11 countries, Yum! International manages KFC directly, including China, Russia and India. Worldwide, major franchise holders range from large local conglomerates such as Jardine Matheson and Doosan Group, to companies specifically established to run restaurants franchises, such as AmRest. In Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia, the major franchise holders are publicly listed companies. On the other hand, in smaller markets such as some Caribbean islands, the franchises may be operated by a single individual.

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Current markets

Africa

Country/RegionYearenteredOutletsFirst outletOwner/major operatorNotes
20129Maianga, LuandaGrupo Ibersol
199216GaboroneBaobab Energy Botswana
1973164Americana Group
199310MbabaneKFC South Africa
20195LibrevilleResto Group
201119Greater AccraMohinani Group
20186Abidjan, MarcoryVivo Energy
201123NairobiKuku Foods East Africa
20128KFC Baobab Lesotho (Pty) Ltd
20192Antananarivo
20122BlantyreAfribrand Limited
198322CurepipeFood & Allied Group
200118Americana Group
200712MaputoGrupo Ibersol
199221Baobab Energy Namibia
200924LagosDevyani International Nigeria Limited
20201KigaliKuku Foods East Africa
20193DakarSedima Group
1971955DevcoDivested its holdings from 1987 until 1994 to a holding company after U. S. +more Congress passed a law forbidding U. S. companies from owning South African assets. KFC sold its assets to Devco, which managed the trademark.
20198Araak Group
20136Dar es SalaamKuku Foods East Africa
20188HBG group
201312KampalaKuku Foods East Africa
20114
1991-2008, 2013-6Country Bird HoldingsKFC left the country in 2008 after the franchise holder failed to meet Yum!'s standards. Reopened in December 2013.
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Asia

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
2011GFC Ltd11 outlets. In October 2012, the world's largest KFC opened in Baku. +more The 1,600-square-meter outlet, with a seating capacity of 300, is housed in the city's Sabunçu rail station built in 1926. AFK Ltd reportedly invested 3 million euros to restore the nearly destroyed building. 10 outlets.
1973Americana Group24 outlets.
2006Transcom GroupFirst outlet opened at Gulshan in 2006. As of 2022, there are 26 outlets.
1992QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd17 outlets.
1987Yum ChinaKFC's largest market. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet opened on Qianmen Street in downtown Beijing in 1987. 7,900 outlets.
2008The Royal Group and QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd11 outlets. Ten of these are clustered in the capital Phnom Penh. Established in March 2008. KFC is one of Royal Group of Companies Ltd (The Royal Group) business, a partnership with the Malaysian QSR brands and Rightlink Corporation. The Royal Group is one of the largest conglomerates in Cambodia with substantial investments in media, telecommunications, banking, education, property development and trading.
1973-1975, 1985-presentBirdland Ltd75 outlets. KFC was the first American fast food chain to enter Hong Kong in 1973, with an outlet in Mei Foo Sun Chuen. There were 11 outlets by mid-1974, but by September 1974 many outlets had closed. The remaining 4 outlets were closed in February 1975. KFC misjudged the local market and failed to develop a suitable business model, with its takeout only stores failing to catch on. Chickens imported from China were fed fishmeal, which ruined the taste. The chain was reintroduced by Swire Group in September 1985, with an outlet opened on Jordan Road, at a cost of $3 million. A second outlet was opened on Causeway Bay in 1986. By 1995 there were 17 outlets. Sold to Birdland in 1997.
1995Sapphire Foods Ltd Devyani International LtdKFC's first outlet in India was a two-storey outlet on Brigade Road in Bangalore opened in June 1995. 395 outlets.
1979PT Fastfood IndonesiaFirst outlet in Jalan Melawai, Jakarta. Listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange. 689 outlets. It is currently owned by PT Indoritel Makmur Internasional, which also owns Indomaret. See [url=http://www. kfcku. com/]KFC Indonesia[/url]
2015?8 outlets. Americana Group First Restaurant opened in Kurdistan Region at Family Mall; six outlets can be found in Erbil and 1 outlet in Duhok. KFC outlets can also be found in some Iraqi U. S. Army bases.
1993-2014, 2020-presentMefco Smart Service12 outlets
1970KFC Holdings Japan, LtdFirst outlet opened in Kobe. 1131 outlets.
1973Americana Group27 outlets.
2008Americana GroupThe first restaurant was opened in Astana on 25 October 2008. 67 outlets as of 2022.
1973Americana Group66 outlets. Americana Group opened the first KFC outlet in Kuwait in 1973 marking the brand's debut in the Middle East. In the years that followed, Americana Group expanded the brand's presence across the Middle East and North Africa region.
2017?4 outlets.
1973Shaban Brothers LtdKFC Master Franchisee's from 1973-1993. 23 outlets.
2001-2009, 2010s-Present?5 outlets.
1973-1992, 2004-PresentQSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn BhdThe first KFC outlet was opened in 1973 on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. 718 outlets. Kentucky Nuggets was conceived in Malaysia and then found its way to KFC worldwide. Today, Kentucky Nuggets is one of KFC's successes. KFC led the chained fast food market in 2011, with 45 percent of value sales.
2018Sapphire Foods2 outlets.
2013Tavan Bogd Group12 outlets.
2015Yoma Strategic HoldingsOne outlet open in Yangon on June 30. 33 outlets.
2009Devyani International12 outlets: Eight in Kathmandu, at DurbarMargh, Boudha, Thimi, Maharajgunj, Labim Mall, BlueBird mall, Kalanki, Tripureshwar, One in Itahari,One in Bharatpur, One in Hetauda and one in Lakeside Pokhara.
1977Americana Group36 outlets.
Delicious HoldingsFirst entered Pakistan in the late 1960s to early 1970s but subsequently closed down. Reopened in Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Karachi in 1997. 94 outlets.
Palestine2011ACRFF15 outlets, First branch opened September 10, 2011 at Plaza Mall in Ramallah. 9 outlets including 3 in Ramallah.
1967Wholesome Foods Inc332 outlets. In June 1994, Manuel U. Agustines obtained the sole franchise over the sale and distribution of KFC products in the Philippines, under the corporate name of Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) Corporation.
1976Americana Group39 outlets.
1975Americana Group220 outlets.
1977QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn BhdFirst outlet opened on Somerset Road in 1977. 40 stores by 1992, when it was acquired by KFC International. In 2002, KFC Singapore was acquired by KFC (Malaysia) Holdings Bhd. 86 outlets in 2012. All Singaporean KFC locations are certified halal.
1984KG Mobilians (KG Group)190 stores. KFC Korea had a good startoff in the beginning, but experienced a decline in the mid-2000s. Opening its first store in 1984 in Jongno of the capital Seoul, the outlet number has increased with its 100th store at Mokdong of Seoul (1996), and its 200th store near Seoul University (2000). However, KFC's outlet closed due to failing sales, and dipped to around 120 stores by 2009. As of June 2014, KFC reopened some of its stores and operates 170 outlets in South Korea.
1995Cargills Ceylon PLCCurrently 39 outlets, with the first outlet opening at Majestic City, Colombo, in 1995.
1985Jardine MathesonTaiwan's first KFC outlet was opened in the Ximending district of Taipei. It was initially a joint venture between KFC and Uni-President Enterprises Corporation, Taiwan's largest food company, until President sold its stake in 1997. Jardine's acquired full control of the poorly performing KFC Taiwan from Yum! in 2010. 153 outlets.
2021?First outlet opened in Dushanbe. 2 outlets.
1984Yum Restaurants International (Thailand) and Central Restaurants Group717 outlets. Originally opened in 1970 but closed down after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. KFC reopened in Thailand at CentralPlaza Lardprao in Bangkok.
1975Americana Group151 outlets.
2018International Food ChainFirst outlet opened in Tashkent. Today there are 14 outlets overall, including 11 outlets in Tashkent, 1 in Kokand, 1 in Andijan, and 1 in Samarkand.
1997KFC VietnamFirst outlet opened in Ho Chi Minh City. Jardine Matheson acquired a 25% stake in the company in 2011. 136 outlets. Euromonitor estimated that KFC has 15% of the fast food market by value in 2011, making it the leading company.
2002UnknownOne outlet in Sanaa.
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Caribbean, Central and South America

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
N/AKFC Antigua3 outlets.
2010Desarrollos Gastronomicos S. +moreA. First opened in 1980 but closed in 1990. In 2010, KFC reopened in Buenos Aires. 18 outlets.
N/AHucor HoldingFour outlets.
1967Myers Group13 outlets.
1971?12 outlets.
2014?3 outlets. First Store in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
1992Harborside Foodcourt, NV, Ruth van Tilburg-ObreOne outlet.
1973Brazil Fast Food Corporation60 outlets. First entered the market in 1973, but eventually pulled out in 1982. Returned in 1992. The company entered a change in strategy in 1997, when it announced plans to close its 7 urban locations and relocate to 8 shopping centre locations. All stores closed in 2000, but the chain returned in 2008. 44 outlets on States of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Ceará, São Paulo, Paraná and Distrito Federal.
1976KFC CaymanWas the first food franchise in the Caymans. 3 outlets.
1992Desarrollos Gastronomicos S. A. (Degasa)First store in Santiago. 68 outlets.
1993INT79 outlets.
1970QSR InternationalFirst restaurant on Paseo Colon. 43 outlets.
2004AAFESOne outlet at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
?Hucor HoldingSeven outlets.
2010Fine Foods IncOne outlet.
1997Kentucky Foods Group Ltd27 outlets.
1975INT Food Services Corp. First store in Quito. KFC is the largest fast food chain in Ecuador, and it is KFC's largest market in the region with 144 outlets.
2004Corporacion de Franquicias Americanas (CFA)7 outlets.
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2009?7 outlets.
1994 *2016DidcoFive outlets. First outlet opened in Georgetown. Reached four outlets, but the market was abandoned in 2014. Reopened in 2016.
2004Grupo ComidasFirst restaurant was in San Pedro Sula. 15 outlets.
2010Restaurants of JamaicaFirst KFC at Kingston. 37 outlets.
??One outlet.
1969Franquicias Panamenas44 outlets.
2014Southfood S. A. 3 outlets.
1981DelosiFirst store in Lima. KFC is the oldest and the largest US fast food chain in Peru with 140 outlets.
1967Encanto Restaurants, Inc81 outlets.
??One outlet.
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??Four outlets.
1986Ken BoyeaFirst outlet opened in Kingstown. 2 outlets.
1996Cirkel Group6 outlets.
1973Prestige Holdings LimitedFirst opened in St James, a suburb of Port of Spain. 58 outlets.
??5 outlets.
1973?25 outlets.
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Europe

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
2016Global Fast FoodFirst outlet in Albania opened in Tirana in April 2016 at the Tirana East Gate Mall, with further expansion since. KFC is the first international fast food chain in Albania. +more 8 outlets.
2007Derjava11 outlets.
1970Queensway Restaurants LtdAmRestFirst entered the country in 1970 but withdrew. Returned in 2005 with a store in Vienna. 11 outlets as of 2022, with plans to expand to up to 50 the coming years.
2015Bel Food Service LLC, CreativeFood-S-Vostok LLC19 outlets as of June 2021.
2019Autogrill13 outlets as of July 2022. The first Belgian KFC restaurant opened in Brussels North Railway Station in June 2019.
2022TASTRA1 outlet. First store opened in Sarajevo.
1994Samex Ltd. and Amrest29 outlets. First store opened in Sofia. The second international fast food brand in Bulgaria.
2011AmRest8 outlets. First store opened in Zagreb. 6 outlets in Zagreb, 1 in Split and 1 in Zadar.
2013/2014CK Restaurant System Franchisers Ltd PHC Franchised Restaurants Ltd25 outlets.
1995AmRest114 outlets.
1970sISKEN ApS. Opened in the 1970s, but later closed. Returned in 1991, with 12 outlets as of 2022.
2019Apollo Group OÜKFC opened its first restaurant in Estonia on October 24, 2019 in Ülemiste centre. As of 2021, there are 9 outlets in Estonia.
2021Apollo GroupSix outlets as of July 2022. KFC's first restaurant was opened on the 11th of November in Finland.
1991KFC FranceOpened in 1991, but all seven stores were closed by 1992. Returned in 2001, with 248 outlets by June 2021.
2010?11 outlets.
1968KFC GB LtdFirst restaurant was opened at Hansaallee in Frankfurt in 1968. Struggled to reach 12 stores by 1995. 191 outlets by June 2022, with plans to expand to up to 500 in the next five to seven years.
1992Food PlusFirst outlet in Piraeus near Athens. 12 outlets
1992AmRest80 outlets. The store on Király Street in Budapest was the first Central European KFC in a post-communist country. The previous master franchise holder was Hemingway Holding AG.
1980KFC ehf8 outlets. The first outlet opened on October 9, 1980 in Hafnarfjörður.
1971KFC (GB) LtdFirst opened in Phibsborough shopping centre. Major franchisees include MBCC Foods and Herbel Restaurants (Ireland) Ltd. 38 outlets.
1970sKFC® Italy SrlVery first outlet opened in Naples in the 1970s, but since closed. Returned on November 21, 2014 with the first restaurant in Rome. 66 outlets in September 2022. See [url=http://www. kfc. it/?gclEAIaIQobChMI9cTNwPzL2QIVw7gbCh2MogiaEAAYASAAEgL7bvD_BwE]KFC Italia[/url]
2016KANFirst outlet opened in Pristina in September 2016 at Albi Mall, with outlets now in various other cities. KFC is the first international fast food chain in Kosovo. 12 outlets.
2014Apollo GroupFirst outlet opened in August 2014 in Riga Five outlets in November 2020.
2007UAB Cibus RestaurantsSeven outlets.
2019AutogrillOne outlet.
1997The Farsons Group3 outlets.
2008US Food NetworkFirst opened in Chișinău in MallDova mall. 2 outlets.
2023BIG4 outlets Will open in BIG shopping centers in Podgorica, Nikšić, Kotor and Bar.
1972KFC NetherlandsFirst branch was opened in Rotterdam in 1972. Headquarters are in Amsterdam-Zuidoost. 82 (+1 in #Caribbean and South America|Bonaire by other operator) outlets by July 2022.
2018KAN International5 outlets in Skopje and Tetovo.
1992AmRest315 outlets.
1994Grupo Ibersol34 outlets in June 2021.
1997Sphera Franchise GroupFirst opened in Bucharest, Magheru Blvd. Opened on April 17, 1997, 94 outlets as of April 2022. See [url=http://www. kfc. ro]KFC Romania[/url]
1993Yum! International, AmRest and moreFormer launched in 1993 competing Rostik's franchise, acquired by Yum in 2010 and absorbed into KFC in 2013. 1000+ outlets. Also operated as separate franchise from 1998 to mid 2000s until was exported into Poland and sold to AmRest in 2007.
2007AmRestFirst store opened in Belgrade. 13 outlets in Serbia (9 outlets in Belgrade, 2 in Novi Sad, 1 in Niš and 1 on A1 motorway near Lapovo).
2006Queensway Restaurants Slovakia7 outlets in June 2021. First restaurant in Trnava.
2018AmRestOne outlet.
1970AmRest143 outlets.
1981Nordic Service Partners12 outlets. First opened in 1981, but soon withdrew. Returned in 2014 with the first outlet opened in Lockarp near Malmö with a drive-through on December 31, 2014.
1980sKentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Ltd. Present from the 1980s until 2004, but since closed. Returned in 2017 with the first store opened at the main railway station in Geneva on December 5, 2017. 11 locations as of June 2021.
1989KFC Turkey142 outlets.
1999Global Restaurant GroupIn 1999-2006 the chain was working with Russian ownership under the name Rostik's. In 2012 the first KFC was opened in Kyiv. 48 outlets in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa, Pavlohrad, Vinnytsia, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr and Sumy.
1965KFC GB LtdFirst restaurant was located in Preston, Lancashire. 909 outlets, making the United Kingdom KFC's largest market in Europe and fourth largest worldwide.
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North America

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
1975KFC BermudaFirst KFC restaurant on Queen Street, Hamilton. There is just one outlet. +more
1953Yum Restaurants International (Canada)639 outlets. First restaurant in Calgary. Branded PFK (Poulet Frit Kentucky) in the province of Quebec, the only such alteration of the trademark in the world.
1965Premium Restaurant Brands393 outlets. First outlet opened in Monterrey.
1930?4062 outlets. The franchise first opened in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1952.
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Oceania

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
1984?Had two outlets. Now there is one with a Pizza Hut outlet. +more
1968KFC Australia Pty Ltd, Collins FoodsThere are 653 outlets in Australia. The first Australian KFC was built and opened at Guildford in the western suburbs of Sydney.
1975?First store in Tamuning. Eight outlets.
1971Restaurant BrandsFirst store opened in Royal Oak, Auckland. 100 outlets.
1986?One outlet in Saipan.
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Former markets

Asia

Country/RegionYearexistedOwner/major operatorNotes
1973-1979Reza RaeesiThe franchise was abandoned in Iran following the 1979 Iranian revolution. Colonel Sanders visited Tehran in the 1970s. +more KFC had stressed that two stores that opened in Karaj in 2012 and Mashhad in 2014 under the KFC name were not affiliated with the company.
2006-2014?All outlets were shut down in 2014 due to the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
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Caribbean and South America

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
Late 1970s-1997?

Europe

Country/RegionYearenteredOwner/major operatorNotes
1979-2013/2014KFC closed its doors in Andorra in 2014.
Mid 1980s-Late 1980sKFC tried to open in Frognerstranda in the 1980s, but got closed soon after. +more
1993-2022Yum! InternationalKFC closed and sold its restaurants in Russia along with Pizza Hut in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Oceania

Country/RegionYearexistedOwner/major operatorNotes
2001-2013Kazi FoodsLeft in 2013 amid a row over imports of the ingredients to make its flavoured crumb coating.

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