USA Chicken moving into vacant KFC in Derry
DERRY — A vacant KFC restaurant that was recently called an eyesore because of its unsightly condition looks much better since a new restaurant has come to town.
USA Chicken & Biscuit will be adding a second restaurant to its operation with the takeover of the former KFC.
“I’m going to bring the chicken business back to the area,” said USA Chicken & Biscuit owner Rahim Woodod.
Plans call for hiring a staff of from six to seven workers from the area and opening before Christmas. The business has a restaurant at 990 Elm St. in Manchester.
USA Chicken & Biscuit is leasing the space from an individual who bought the former KFC, said Planning Director George Sioras, the town’s planning director.
The town is finalizing paperwork for the sale, and the new owner’s name wasn’t available, Sioras said.
The restaurant’s sale comes after residents stepped forward earlier this month at a Town Council meeting to complain about it and other local properties. One resident called the former KFC an eyesore.
The property at 10 Crystal Ave. has sat vacant for months as tall weeds grew in the front of the building and at the side of the parking lot. But a lot has changed since the restaurant was sold earlier this month, according to town officials.
Since the sale, workers have removed vegetation and cleaned up the exterior of the property, Woodod said. He added that approximately $3,000 has been spent on landscaping alone.
A crew of five workers is still laboring to clean the interior of the restaurant and have it ready to open before Christmas, Woodod said.
Woodod speaks from experience as he has been working in the restaurant industry since 1985. He said he began working for restaurants in New York and New Hampshire, including a five-year stint as a manager for Popeyes.
He has two sons who work with him in the business. One of the sons is attending college while working part time at the restaurant, he said.
“It’s kind of like family,” he said of the business.
The restaurant features chicken and has other menu selections such as hamburgers and grilled sandwiches. The kitchen will be open and in the front, so customers can easily view the cooking process, Woodod said.