NEWHAVEN is celebrating some ‘finger licking’ good news as KFC is set to open its new restaurant on Monday.
The development has created 40 jobs for local people, mostly from Newhaven, Seaford and Peacehaven, some of whom had been out of work for more than a year.
Mayor of Newhaven Graham Amy will be on hand to officially cut the ribbon at 10am.
The opening ceremony of the 94 cover restaurant and head office in The Drove takes place just three months after planning permission was granted to franchisees K&Z Newhaven Ltd.
Saf Nanji, the new restaurant general manager, said: “It’s great to be offering career opportunities to the local community.
“The majority of recruits are from Newhaven, with many from Seaford and Peacehaven.
“Some of the team have been out of work for more than 18 months so it’s great to help them get back into work.”
Stacey Pinkney, 21, from Newhaven, is a new trainee team leader who has undergone 12 weeks of training in Hastings.
She said: “I’m being given the opportunity to go for real qualifications in hospitality and management.
“This is a brand new restaurant, an excited new team and a world famous brand.
“I can’t wait to open the doors.”
Mayor Cllr Amy said: “I am delighted that KFC has decided to invest in Newhaven, giving local people career opportunities.
“This family restaurant will give a much-needed boost to our town and I would like to wish them well in this venture.”
At KFC, advanced apprenticeships provide team leaders with A-level equivalent qualifications in English and maths.
The company, certified as one of Britain’s top employers for 2012 by the CRIF Institute, is also introducing level two apprenticeships for 1,600 team members per year.
Team members can progress to team leaders within eight weeks.
More than 60 per cent of area coaches and restaurant general managers are promoted internally.