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The 'Colonel' is leaving town; KFC closing its doors

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Bradley, Justin, Scott and Katie Lane had their order taken by Crystal Kirkley while Elizabeth Drogich set up their trays during Kentucky Fried Chicken's last day in business in Linton on Thursday.
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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.


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They can file for unemployment online, anytime.

http://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm

-- Posted by C&D on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 3:36 PM

Who filed a lawsuit against who? Is the lawsuit against the local KFC, or the corporation?

-- Posted by Lil' Hahn on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 3:51 PM

It's Crystal Kirkley, not Kirkman.

-- Posted by bloomfield20 on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 4:52 PM

Remodeling has been long overdue. I sure hope they remodel or relocate, I love KFC!

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 6:19 PM

Finger lickin goooo... What???!!

-- Posted by SHS95 on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 10:12 PM

This is terrible!some of my family goes there every sunday to eat and i myself will not know what to do without their great chicken.

-- Posted by justme09 on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 10:58 PM

truthorfiction could you explain the comment you made about good help and poor working conditions? Everyone was always friendly and courteous when I visited this store.

-- Posted by Straight_Shot on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 11:09 PM

On more than one occasion, I got a chicken pot pie without the chicken.....

-- Posted by egrace on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 5:54 AM

It's a good time for a Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken to come to town.

-- Posted by Ex-Pat on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 8:19 AM

I remember going to this restraunt before it was KFC- there was large formal dining room in the back- and there was a jukebox in the front dining room. That was in the 70's. It was very classy Before that, it was a drive-in restraunt in the 50's and 60's. Im sure another fast food restraunt will take the space, just what Linton needs.

-- Posted by polycotn on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 8:50 AM

I remember when it was Ziegler's (later Kluesmier's) drive-in, it was the last business on the east side (except for Rishers station across the highway) as you left town.

-- Posted by lintonian31 on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 9:24 AM

Beth Drogich has 2 sons, not "a kid" goats have kids.

-- Posted by riverbottoms on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 9:54 AM

Since when is "lack of remodeling" an offense worthy of a lawsuit? I ate there a couple weeks ago, and their decor certainly is not typical KFC quality, but to permanently close?!?! Both west side KFC and east side Taco Bell in Bloomington shut the stores and totally remodeled, reopened, and are back at it. There has to be more to it than just remodeling...

-- Posted by Bendog on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 10:51 AM

It's a shame that these women and others have lost a job and we will all feel the loss of another business that we all used. I will miss the chicken and biscuits!

-- Posted by jeepgrl on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 10:52 AM

Anytime a corporation is "required" to remodel and they DON'T corporation HAS the right to close the business! It is in there signing agreement!! I don't know if there is more or not but I do know that if he would have remodeled maybe they would still be open!!! Sorry to hear about the employees losing there jobs though!

-- Posted by greenecountymom on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 11:14 AM

They were absolutly supposed to remodel or build a new one and the corporation did not comply, that is why they are closing...nothing more. I feel so sorry for these employees, only 2 days notice they no longer have a job.The manager Mr. Thuis had 20 long years there, now nothing.The corporation had to know they were shutting down for a while, and to give these people only 2 days notice...TERRIBLE. My heart goes out to all who have lost their job.I love eating their, will be sadly missed!

-- Posted by Granny's Girl's on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 11:54 AM

The KFC used to be the El Capitan also.

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 1:10 PM

I am a paying customer and I visited a lot of restaurants. What can I say?

-- Posted by Grandmomluvsherkids on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 2:28 PM

I really didn't get a chance to voice my true feelings. They will just replace it with another store or restaurant. Things could have been different. It's a shame.

-- Posted by Grandmomluvsherkids on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 3:28 PM

It was only a matter of time until that place closed! I worked there for about 2 days when I was in high school and that place was NASTY!!! I haven't eaten at that nasty resturant since seeing how that dirty it was in the back!

-- Posted by mikies on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 5:17 PM

The place was filthy. I ate there once and left feeling like I needed a shower. I'm amazed the company allowed them to retain their franchise so long. Too bad the workers pay the price.

-- Posted by JW on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 5:32 PM

The KFC in Mooresville, IN shut its doors about a month ago, also. Makes you wonder?

-- Posted by mmmmsmom on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 10:47 PM

The only time I ate there was when I was pregnant and they were half way clean. Over the past couple years it has really gotten nasty.

-- Posted by AMyers8289 on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 10:47 PM

I ALSO FEEL BAD FOR THE EMPLOYEES, BUT THAT PLACE IS DISGUSTING, I WENT THERE WITH MY MOM ONE DAY AND ALL THE FOOD WAS DRIED TO THE EDGES OF THE CONTAINERS , HAD BEEN THERE FOR HOURS AND WAS COVERED IN FLIES,THEY CAME OUT AND STIRRED IT, OMG, NO WAY, WE GOT OUR MONEY BACK AND LEFT, THAT PLACE IS FILTY, I KNEW A COUPLE OF THE PEOPLE WORKING THERE AND TRUST ME WHEN I SAY, FILTY, IT WAS WORSE THAT ANY OF YOU WILL EVER KNOW, AS A MATTER OF FACT, ITS BETTER YOU DONT KNOW, YOU WOULD BE HUGGING YOUR THRONE ABOUT NOW,,,,, GROSS.

-- Posted by Melissa C. on Fri, Jul 1, 2011, at 11:59 PM

I was never a fan of the chain, but I broke down and took the offspring there a few years ago. It was dirty, and overpriced. That was the last time we went.

-- Posted by just sayin'... on Sat, Jul 2, 2011, at 12:49 AM

Really too bad for Linton to "lose" another business. However, the place was outdated and dirty. KFC should take much more care of their employees than that. Dumping them is very disappointing. I do know a place that puts KFC to shame, Chik Fil A! And for me and current military dont forget, they military discount..

-- Posted by Indiana hoosier fan on Sat, Jul 2, 2011, at 11:18 AM

I remember going to that location when it was Kluesmeier's in the 70's. They then relocated to where Stoll's is now. Last time I was there something like 5 years ago, I was appauled at the filth!

-- Posted by mjfish on Mon, Jul 4, 2011, at 8:15 PM

Sorry to hear about another Linton business closing, but I'm not surprised. Maybe they didn't remodel because there wasn't enough business. I can't count the number of times over the years my husband & I went there around dinner time, 6:00-7:00, and were told (with some annoyance) they were out of chicken. If we'd like to wait 10-15 minutes, they could fix it. I thought that was the point of a restaurant-to have food ready for us. We always left saying, "This would be a great place to start a business!"

-- Posted by MrsB on Tue, Jul 5, 2011, at 6:42 AM

My comment was pulled??? It was nicer than some that followed?? Why????

-- Posted by truthorfiction on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 7:28 PM


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