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KFC and DIY store Wickes announces plans to reopen branches as roads get busier

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Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen another 80 branches for delivery as Britain continues to edge out of lockdown.

The fried chicken chain says 100 of its stores up and down the country will be able to bring orders to customers’ homes from next Monday.

Meanwhile, DIY retailer Wickes has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham.

The news comes as phone data suggests Brits are making more journeys on the roads than they were a week ago. 

Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen another 80 branches for delivery. Pictured: one of its branches in Southampton

Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen another 80 branches for delivery. Pictured: one of its branches in Southampton

Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen another 80 branches for delivery. Pictured: one of its branches in Southampton

The fried chicken chain announced on March 25 it was closing all of its restaurants, pictured, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open

The fried chicken chain announced on March 25 it was closing all of its restaurants, pictured, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open

The fried chicken chain announced on March 25 it was closing all of its restaurants, pictured, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens for delivery, pictured, and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens for delivery, pictured, and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens for delivery, pictured, and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days

DIY retailer Wickes, pictured, has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham

DIY retailer Wickes, pictured, has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham

DIY retailer Wickes, pictured, has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham

Which business have started to reopen?

  • Nandos – has opened six restaurants – four in London and two in Manchester – for delivery only The restaurants to reopen are: London (Clink St, Camberwell, Canary Jubilee, Gloucester Road) Manchester (Fallowfield, Printworks)
  • Burger King – has opened eight restaurants for delivery in Dundee, Aberdeen, Reading, Hillington (Norfolk), Southampton, Merto, (London) Springfield Quay (London)
  • Wagamama –  is to reopen its kitchens to deliver food to customers’ homes from Thursday from its kitchens in Peckham and Hackney
  • Greggs – will be opening 20 shops in the Newcastle area as part of a ‘trial’
  • Five Guys – the burger chain has opened 20 of its 104 restaurants The stores open for delivery are: Cambridge Leisure Centre, Norwich, Colchester, Chelmsford, High St. Kensington, Reading, York, Southampton
  • Timpsons – will be slowly opening stores, starting with those located in supermarkets.
  • KFC – the chicken chain is opening 100 branches for delivery only.
  • Pret a Manger – has re-opened 10 London take-aways
  • B&Q – The DIY chain has already reopened 155 stores across the UK – half of the total number of branches.
  • Costa Coffee – has opened four stores for delivery only
  • Homebase – opened 20 of its stores at the weekend as part of a trial

KFC closed all of its restaurants on March 25, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open.

The firm said at the time the decision has been made ‘to help protect the wellbeing and safety of our teams and of our guests’.

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days. 

The company said in a statement today: ‘We’re reopening our restaurants in a responsible way, with stringent processes and hygiene measures in place. 

‘We’ll be serving a limited menu to help the smaller kitchen teams maintain social distancing.

‘Opening these restaurants will mean that we can continue donating food to NHS and key workers – we’ll be delivering 10,000 meals a week from these restaurants in partnership with Deliveroo.’

It follows in the footsteps of Nandos, Burger King and Wagamama, who have all announced plans to reopen restaurants this week.

Paula MacKenzie, managing director for KFC UK & Ireland, said: ‘I’m really proud of the way we, with our franchise partners, have been able to carefully get some of our restaurants back open for delivery over the last two weeks.

‘This next stage allows us to continue to provide wider access to hot food for those who need it most, whether that’s key workers after a long shift or those working from home who need a quick, affordable dinner for the family.’

Meanwhile, more journeys are being made on Britain’s roads compared to last week, data from Apple suggests.

Traffic on the A40 Western Avenue (the right hand lane is inbound towards central London) in Acton, West London, today

Traffic on the A40 Western Avenue (the right hand lane is inbound towards central London) in Acton, West London, today

Traffic on the A40 Western Avenue (the right hand lane is inbound towards central London) in Acton, West London, today

Traffic on the M4 motorway (left hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet near Windsor in Berkshire this morning

Traffic on the M4 motorway (left hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet near Windsor in Berkshire this morning

Traffic on the M4 motorway (left hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet near Windsor in Berkshire this morning 

More journeys were being made on Monday, data suggests, as this image from the A2, near New Cross in south London that afternoon, pictured, suggests

More journeys were being made on Monday, data suggests, as this image from the A2, near New Cross in south London that afternoon, pictured, suggests

More journeys were being made on Monday, data suggests, as this image from the A2, near New Cross in south London that afternoon, pictured, suggests

Apple data, pictured, shows how use of its Maps app has changed compared to a 'baseline figure' on January 13 - before lockdowns were enforced

Apple data, pictured, shows how use of its Maps app has changed compared to a 'baseline figure' on January 13 - before lockdowns were enforced

Apple data, pictured, shows how use of its Maps app has changed compared to a ‘baseline figure’ on January 13 – before lockdowns were enforced

Data from TomTom for the last week, pictured, shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days

Data from TomTom for the last week, pictured, shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days

Data from TomTom for the last week, pictured, shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days

The tech giant has released figures which show how frequently its Maps app has been used compared to a ‘baseline figure’ on January 13 – before lockdowns were enforced around the globe.

In the UK, usage was up nearly two percentage points on Monday, April 27, compared to seven days before – a trend that was also reflected in London specifically. 

The iPhone-maker announced it would be releasing the data earlier this month in an attempt to track how fewer people are driving, walking and using public transport than at the start of the year as a result of Covid-19 measures.

However, Apple insists that sharing the data is not a breach of its customers’ privacy, as it said in a statement: ‘The information is generated by counting the number of requests made to Apple Maps for directions.

‘Maps does not associate mobility data with a user’s Apple ID, and Apple does not keep a history of where a user has been.’

Similar data from TomTom shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days. 

Cars, vans and lorries on the M4 motorway (right hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet in Berkshire this morning

Cars, vans and lorries on the M4 motorway (right hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet in Berkshire this morning

Cars, vans and lorries on the M4 motorway (right hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet in Berkshire this morning

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London this morning as the coronavirus lockdown continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London this morning as the coronavirus lockdown continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London this morning as the coronavirus lockdown continues

Which KFC branches are open for delivery? 

  • Heaton Chapel
  • Tamworth
  • New Oscott
  • Manchester Hulme
  • Manchester Deansgate
  • Portsmouth
  • Aldershot
  • Ipswich – Cardinal Park
  • Glasgow – Pollockshaw Road
  • Glasgow – Great Western Retail Park
  • Enfield – Coliseum Retail Park
  • Bury – Moorgate Retail Park
  • Bently Bridge – Bentley Bridge Pleasure Park
  • Great Bridge – Great Bridge Retail Park
  • Romford Gallows – Colchester Road
  • Tyburn – Kingsbury Road
  • Norwich – Mile Cross Lane
  • Brighton – Western Road
  • Putney – High Street
  • Mornington Crescent
  • Hammersmith – Kings Street
  • Ashford – Eureka Leisure Park
  • Broadstairs – Westwood Retail Park
  • Dover – Honey Wood Retail Park
  • Birmingham – Martineau Place
  • Grimsby – Birchin Way
  • Rochdale – Kingsway Retail Park
  • Wakefield – Westgate Retail Park
  • Glasgow – Nitshill Road
  • Northampton – Towcester Road
  • Wrexham – St Georges Crescent
  • Southampton – Above Bar Street
  • Sheffield – Queens Road
  • Lancaster – Penny Street
  • Oxley – Bushbury Lane
  • Manchester Fort Shopping Park
  • Farnworth – Albert Road
  • Bloxwich – Leamore Lane
  • Wythenshawe – Rowlands Way
  • East Kilbride – Kingsgate Retail Park
  • Slough – Farnham Road

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