KFC has closed a number of restaurants in a US state, leaving fast food fanatics devastated.
Employees were reportedly only made aware of the closures through posters on restaurants.
Across Louisiana, eight restaurants have closed, including two in the city of Lake Charles.
KFC restaurants in Jennings, DeRidder, Crowley, Eunice and Sulfur have also gone bankrupt.
A former employee who worked at the Sulfur restaurant said employees were informed of the closure without notice, according to NBC affiliate KPLC.
Facebook user Sara Romero shared an image showing that the KFC restaurant in Abbeville – about 21 miles from Lafayette – has closed.
Footage showed workers removing signs from the closed restaurants.
Notes have been posted at the closed restaurants apologizing for the inconvenience caused.
Shoppers mourned the restaurants’ closures and remembered their favorite chain food.
Fans said news of the closures was “really sad,” while others said they would miss the chain’s classic sides.
One complained: “Why is KFC closing down at DeRidder? I love this place.”
Another said: “I love their biscuits and mashed potatoes.”
The restaurants that recently closed are still listed on the KFC store locator map.
Known for its famous chicken, KFC has 49 locations in Louisiana and more than 4,300 restaurants across the United States.
But it’s not the only fast food chain that has downsized its restaurant portfolio.
Burger King CEO Joshua Kobza announced that the chain expects to close 300 to 400 restaurants this year.
In an earnings call, Kobza said the chain closes “a few hundred” restaurants each year.
Three Burger King restaurants in Fargo, North Dakota recently closed, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.
A Burger King restaurant in Mitchell, South Dakota – about an hour west of Sioux Falls – has also closed.
Meanwhile, a McDonald’s store in Jamestown, New York, has permanently closed its doors, according to The Post-Journal.
A note on a drive-thru window read: “Restaurant closing. Thank you for your patronage.”