KFC could be coming to your door through a new home delivery service.
Hamilton will be first to try the service when it’s tested in February 2017, Restaurant Brands said.
“Following a successful trial, home delivery will then be rolled out to between a third and a half of KFC stores across New Zealand.”
KFC offers home deliveries in other countries but the New Zealand service it used to offer folded in 2007.
Restaurant Brands chief executive Russel Creedy thinks it will be different this time around.
“Mobile, web-ordering and new payment systems mean that we can offer a better experience for customers, and will make the service more efficient and effective than it was ten years ago,” he said.
He hopes both sales and staff numbers will increase because of the delivery service.
Hamilton gets to try the service first because it has been a successful test market in the past and “generally it’s fairly representative of the New Zealand demographic”.
Four KFC shops in the city will take part – Hamilton East, Northmall, Rototuna and Frankton – and KFC is already looking for delivery drivers.
“Following the [Hamilton] trial, we’ll try and roll out the delivery service as fast as possible to other centres,” Creedy said.
The move to door-to-door KFC was hinted at during the Restaurant Brands AGM in 2016.
“The food delivery business worldwide is worth $US90 billion annually and growing rapidly,” chairman Eduard Koert van Arkel said at the time.
“There is an opportunity for KFC in New Zealand to re-enter this sector, based on our Pizza Hut delivery experience.”
New-style KFC restaurants have separate facilities to cater for home delivery operations, it was reported.
Home delivery orders will go through kfcdelivery.co.nz, and will only be available for home delivery in the Hamilton region, not pick-up.