KFC Celebrates Grand Opening in Traralgon

The smell of the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices filled the air in Traralgon last week as residents lined up around the block for the grand opening of the city’s first ever Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Located on the corner of Grey and Franklin Streets in the heart of Traralgon’s busy downtown, KFC celebrated swinging open their doors with special deals, fun activities, and of course buckets upon buckets of their world-famous fried chicken.

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The opening of the new KFC Traralgon was a highly anticipated event for this city of around 30,000 people in the Latrobe Valley region of Victoria. Known for its coal mining and dairy industry, Traralgon has plenty of meat-and-potatoes type eateries, but has generally lacked the bigger fast food chains found in larger cities. The addition of an internationally iconic brand like KFC is sure to not only attract fans of the Colonel’s chicken, but also hopefully encourage more variety and competition in dining options for Traralgon residents and visitors.

A Festive Grand Opening Celebration

Eager customers began lining up outside the new KFC Traralgon before dawn on opening day, hoping to be among the first to get a taste of the city’s newest fast food option. KFC staff greeted the spirited crowd with fun activities and giveaways to keep the atmosphere lively and celebrate the major milestone for this regional Victorian city.

Some of the opening day festivities and specials included:

  • Live radio broadcast – Popular local radio station 3TRFM broadcast live from the KFC Traralgon opening, giving away prizes and sharing the excitement with listeners across Gippsland.
  • Free meal vouchers – The first 100 customers received vouchers for a free KFC meal redeemable on their next visit.
  • KFC merchandise – Special KFC shirts, hats, posters, and more were given out to opening day patrons.
  • Grand opening cake cutting – KFC staff ceremoniously sliced into a impressive Colonel Sanders cake modeled after the iconic founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
  • All day discounts – Deeply discounted menu items that opening day, including $5 fill ups and $10 family meal deals to feed the whole crew.

The lively atmosphere outside the new KFC Traralgon location lasted all day long. The bright red and white colors of the KFC brand and a giant, inflatable Colonel mascot attracted plenty of attention from passersby and helped mark this major milestone for Traralgon.

KFC’s History and Fame

So what exactly is the big fuss over Kentucky Fried Chicken? Why do people all over the world line up at the mere hint of those 11 secret herbs and spices? To understand the enthusiasm in Traralgon last week, you need to understand KFC’s impressive history and rise to global fame.

KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders back in 1930 in the small town of North Corbin, Kentucky. After years of serving diners fried chicken made from his special recipe at his local gas station, Sanders began franchising his chicken concept to restaurants across the United States in the 1950s. By 1963 there were over 600 KFC franchises in the U.S. and Canada selling the Colonel’s pressure fried, crispy, golden brown chicken.

Sanders sold his company in 1964, but continued to be the famous face of the growing KFC empire thanks to his iconic white suit and black string tie. Today, KFC is the world’s second largest restaurant chain after McDonald’s with over 25,000 locations globally across 150 countries. The secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices is still used today, continuing Sanders’ legacy of finger lickin’ good fried chicken that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Beyond the numbers, KFC has become woven into the cultural fabric with its clever advertising slogans and trademarks. Phrases like “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” and “Nobody does chicken like KFC” are indelibly tied to the KFC experience and the Colonel’s unique personality and folksy charm. Limited time offerings, seasonings and sauces, the famous KFC buckets, and menu items like Famous Bowls and Chicken Littles have gained their own popular followings through the years.

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In short – when KFC comes to town, people pay attention due to that world-renowned brand recognition and crave factor built up over the company’s 70+ year history. For Traralgon residents, the arrival of KFC brings with it the flavors, memories, and sentiments tied to a brand that is now a global phenomenon.

What Traralgon Residents Can Expect from KFC

Apart from grand opening week, what can regular Traralgon residents expect on their future everyday visits to KFC? Here’s an overview of the core menu items, services, and conveniences available:

Menu Favorites to Look Forward to

  • Original Recipe Chicken – The Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices coats juicy, crispy fried chicken on the bone. Available in chicken on the bone, strips, and pieces.
  • Chicken Burgers – Hand battered original recipe chicken fillets served on a toasted brioche bun with tangy mayo and lettuce.
  • Wicked Wings – Chicken wings marinated for at least 24 hours in a spicy and tangy combination of spices, herbs and sauces.
  • Popcorn Chicken – Bite-sized pieces of crispy fried chicken, perfect for sharing or kids meals.
  • Signature Sides – Buttery mashed potatoes and gravy, crispy fries, fluffy biscuits, creamy coleslaw and more round out your chicken meal.

Ordering and Payment

  • In addition to in-restaurant ordering, KFC offers easy online ordering and delivery through their website and delivery partners like MenuLog and UberEats.
  • For utmost convenience, drive-thru service is available along with takeaway for quick grab-and-go meals.
  • Payment options include cash, debit/credit cards, smartphone mobile payments, and KFC gift cards for easy gifting.

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Ongoing Promotions

  • As a new KFC location, Traralgon will likely see plenty of grand opening and promotional discounts for several months, including bucket meal deals and free side upgrades.
  • Ongoing there are regularly rotating weekly specials and coupon deals through KFC’s smartphone app and email list.
  • KFC is also known for unique limited-time menu offerings – keep an eye out for special sandwiches, toppings, and meal options.

For a small regional town like Traralgon, the opening of an internationally iconic fast food chain like Kentucky Fried Chicken means an exciting new dining option with plenty of convenient services. Expect to see long return visits and lines as KFC’s signature fried chicken on the bone becomes a local staple takeaway meal. For local tastebuds, the arrival of the secret 11 herbs and spices is finger lickin’ good news indeed!

Frequently Asked Questions about KFC Traralgon

Still have questions about what to expect from the new KFC in Traralgon? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Is KFC open for dine-in or only takeaway?

The new Traralgon KFC location offers both dine-in seating and takeaway options. The restaurant can seat around 30-40 guests indoors.

What are the opening hours?

KFC Traralgon opening hours are:

  • Monday – Sunday: 10:30am – 10pm
  • Open all public holidays except Christmas

These are the standard hours but its best to check their website or call ahead if visiting on or around a holiday.

Does KFC Traralgon offer delivery?

Yes, KFC delivery is available through major third party delivery apps like MenuLog, UberEats, and DoorDash. There may be limited delivery zones and minimum order values. On the KFC app or website, enter the Traralgon address to see if delivery is available.

What payment options are available?

KFC Traralgon accepts: credit/debit cards, Google/Apple Pay, KFC gift cards, and cash. Of course, whatever payment method used through third party delivery apps would also be accepted.

Are any special Grand Opening deals still available?

The biggest grand opening deals and specials were only for the first couple weeks. But KFC often continues special discounts for newly opened locations. Check the KFC Traralgon social media pages and website for any current deals. Signing up for their email newsletter is another good way to receive location-specific promos.

So come on Traralgon – grab a bucket of the Colonel’s finest chicken and welcome this global icon into your community! With delicious fried chicken now close at hand, KFC is truly making the Latrobe Valley finger lickin’ good.

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