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KFC Success Story, Journey

KFC Success Story, History, Journey


What is KFC?

KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is an American fast-food restaurant chain headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. This restaurant especially is there fried chicken. It is considered the world's second-largest restaurant chain after McDonald's. KFC has almost 22,621 locations globally in 150 countries as of December 2019. The main items of KFC restaurant are burgers, fries, and wings.

Who founded KFC?

KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Sanders focused on franchising his fried chicken business around the country, collecting a payment for each chicken sold. The company went on to become the world's largest fast-food chicken chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Why name change from Kentucky fried chicken to KFC? A painter gives the idea to Sander to name his restaurant KFC. Every day KFC serves almost 8 million people. There are many rumors on the internet that why they change their name one of them is they changed it due to a trademark issue The real reason why the name of Kentucky changed to KFC was the company wanted a short and simple name for their brand because the short names get more popularity among the people. Another reason for changing this name is they want to remove fried chicken from the name because it indicates that it may be unhealthy and only chicken dishes were on the menu.

Early life and Struggles:

Harland Sanders was born in 1890 and raised on a farm outside Henryville, Indiana. Sanders' father died in 1895. After his father died when he was 6 years old, Sanders became responsible for feeding and taking care of his younger brother and sister. His mother got work in a tomato cannery, and the young Harland was left to look after and cook for his siblings. His mother had to work for hours so sanders cooks food from an early age.
In 1899, his mother remarried Edward Park, and according to the 1900 census, his mother was widowed. When he was 10, Sanders began to work as a farmhand. When he was young he did many types of jobs. In 1902, Sanders' mother remarried William Broaddus and the family moved to Greenwood, Indiana. His stepfather does not like his children. In 1903 he dropped out of school when he was in seventh grade. He went and live on a nearby farm.
At age 13, he left home and worked painting horse carriages in Indianapolis. When he was 14, he moved to southern Indiana to work as a farmhand. In 1906, with his mother's approval, Sanders left the area to live with his uncle in New Albany, Indiana. His uncle worked for the streetcar company and secured Sanders a job as a conductor.
In 1906 he tell his false date of birth and enlisted in the United States Army but later they knew their age he was honorably discharged in February 1907 and moved to Sheffield, Alabama, where his uncle lived. His uncle worked for the Southern Railway and secured Sanders a job there as a blacksmith's helper in the workshops but due to an argument with his coworkers, he was fired from his job. After two months, Sanders moved to Jasper, Alabama, where he got a job cleaning out the ash pans of trains from the Northern Alabama Railroad. When he was working at the railway he decided to complete his studies. He got admission to law school but in that school, he also had an argument with his examiners so they banned him from taking exams. Sanders progressed to become a fireman from the age of 16.
After being kicked out of many jobs he shifted to his mom’s house and find on more jobs as an insurance salesman but later he didn’t accept his senior’s orders so they fired him. After a lot of rejection, he didn’t lose hope. In 1920 he gathered money and started a company named ferry boat but due to financial problems, he had to quit this company. Later he started a lamp manufacturing company but the reason why this company did not become successful was he find out that there was already another company that makes better lamps than this.

How did KFC start?

When he was nearly 40 he start selling chicken dishes at a service station in Kentucky. Here he feeds hungry travelers. When he was working at this station he had an argument with one of his competitors. Here people liked his food so much and later his customers began to increase. He used his secret recipe for fried chicken he created this recipe when he was younger and made food for his siblings.
In 1939 he bought a motel and started his restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina. In the same year, his life brings another struggle for him. His restaurants were destroyed by fire. After the second world war was over, he decided to make the franchises of his restaurants but once he said that whenever he want to share his idea with someone people laugh at him and make fun of him but these things can’t stop him from being successful in the future.
Colonel sanders go from door to door to sell his franchise. His recipe was rejected up to 1000 times. After being rejected more than 100 times time bring him a reward and he found one person who was interested in his idea. Later most franchises are sold and at this time colonel sander receives profit. Later he became successful in spreading KFC franchises all over the country.
After a lot of failures and misfortunes, he became successful in making KFC the world's best restaurant.
In 1964 when colonel sanders were 73 years old and he decided to sell KFC. Later he sold KFC (Kentucky fried chicken) for 2 million dollars to John Y. Brown Jr and Jack C. Massey. After buying KFC john Y. brown made some changes in the chicken recipe to save some money but people do not like this recipe.
In 1965 after selling KFC he moved to Mississauga, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. In late 1979 Colonel sanders visit KFC and when he check the food he was disappointed because he didn’t think about this he then came to know that the owner change his recipe for chicken.
Later he reopen a restaurant named Claudia Sanders in that restaurant he started to sell fried chicken with his original recipe. Later this case was brought to court because at the time of selling the KFC there was a deal between them that Colonel sanders cannot start another restaurant with this recipe. Later he gives 1 million dollars to KFC. After when KFC became so much famous the picture of sanders was never removed from the KFC log.

Quotes by Colonel Harland Sanders:

“There’s something inside of me that makes me want to help people, especially people who are having difficulty of some kind.” ~Colonel Harland Sanders

“It came to me that the one thing I could do was cook. And I figured I couldn't do any worse than the people running these places around town.” ~ Colonel Harland Sanders

"Sitting in a rocker never appealed to me. Golf or fishing isn't as much fun as working." ~Colonel Harland Sanders

"You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can enjoy it - because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don't you see?" ~Colonel Harland Sanders


  • In Japan, KFC is so famous and the people of japan make a festival on it and they named it KFC Christmas. On the Christmas day in japan many families of japan order from KFC and eat a bucket of fried chicken.
  • Colonel sander opens the first restaurant at the gas station.
  • There’s also a KFC restaurant in Egypt, Pakistan, and India which is operated by deaf peoples.
  • China has more KFC outlets compared to the US.
  • Baku Azerbaijan has the largest KFC restaurant in the world.
  • In 2016 KFC launched its edible nail polish in Hong Kong.
  • KFC double down was introduced for April fool's day but later on, it was kept on the menu due to positive responses from people.
  • There is also KFC crocs shoes available in the market and one can also buy them and wear them.
  • KFC also made a pizza by using fried chicken as a crust.
  • Colonel sanders also has its own video game called Colonel Quest and the aim of the game is to collect the chicken as many as possible.
  • There is a comic book about colonel sander.


In June 1980 Colonel Sander was diagnosed with acute leukemia and in the same six months later on December 16, 1980, he died at Louisville Jewish Hospital of pneumonia. He died at the age of 90. Colonel wife's Claudia died at the age of 94 on December 31, 1996


According to them, they have three simple rules:
“Be your best self. Make a difference. Have fun.”

“The colonel's values are still very much alive and well inside our brand and you can see those values come to life in our life our food, our people, our service, and our restaurants.”
"To provide food in a quick, pleasant setting that caters to cost-conscious, health-conscious people,"


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