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People Were Overcome With Sadness When The Only KFC In Yellowknife Closed

The colonel flew the chicken coop, and other terrible puns await you.

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The KFC in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories has been in business for 47 years. Its massive bucket was a local fixture. But it recently served its last helping of the dirty bird.

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Matthew Jason's family has run the franchise since it opened. But they decided to not renew the franchise agreement when it ended on August 23. Jason told CBC News that KFC headquarters became too difficult to deal with.

"It seems like the franchise [headquarters] themselves are just getting worse and worse to deal with, and you know, it's just not worthwhile for us," he said.

When news first spread about the closing of the KFC, people were overcome with finger-licking good memories.

My KFC-loving dad sincerely wondered if they would take reservations so he could ensure an anniversary lunch. #RIPKFC

I sold my first house to KFC on 48th St in Yellowknife so they could have an ideal location for their outlet. #RIPKFC

Disappointed that the #yellowknife #kfc is closing.I will always have great memories of eating there and the Jason family. #ripkfc

From heartburn to heartbreak. #RIPKFC

Okay, maybe not all the memories were positive.

I once spit in my friend's popcorn chicken when she was in the washroom as a prank, but she freaked out and we never spoke again. #RIPKFC

#RIPFriendship.

People bought some chicken and reminisced about the good old days when the gravy ran thick and the Big Crunches were plentiful.

Eating KFC in the back of an airplane with Ice Pilot @MikeyMcBryan. #RIPKFC #cbcnorth

Some suggested ways to capture what was being lost.

Will someone do an analysis on the gravy before they close it down? #yzf #sobadbutsogood #ripkfc

We got you covered, Candace.

Selfies were taken.

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Is he tearing up?

Others knew that nothing could ever really replace the majesty of demolishing a three-piece meal in the sanctity of your own home.

Now what will I eat alone in my underwear? #RIPKFC

And now, ladies and gentlemen, please rise and take off your hats for the removal of the big bucket.

And the KFC bucket comes down... Sad.

@kfc_canada #KFC bucket comes down in #Yellowknife @hockeyesque

No, you're crying.

This guy works for the company that removed the bucket. He got to keep it. "I might make it into a hot tub which I think would be kind of cool or put it on top of one of the roofs in our yard," he told My Yellowknife Now.

The owner of Yellowknife's old KFC bucket has some pretty cool ideas for his new toy. http://t.co/fr2rDPmAH0

If you are a film studio executive and would like to read my script for Yellowknife KFC Hot Tub Time Machine, please get in touch.

Finally, it was closing day. The KFC would stay open until midnight. People lined up.

Still a line up at KFC...Yellowknife...last call

“Everyone I talk to is pleading with me lately, like this has to be a big joke and can’t be happening for real," Jason told My Yellowknife Now. "We’re scrambling to get our chicken in and keep up with the orders.”

So. Many. Orders.

KFC worker is busy as ever...Yellowknife today.

The chicken went fast. These folks got the last 10 pieces, according to one observer.

Last 10 pieces of KFC are going to Lily Kodzin and James Lafferty in Yellowknife

Have you ever seen a sadder sign in your life?

Yellowknifers ate even more chicken than KFC expected on its final weekend before closure: http://t.co/ndtnmloci7

The food ran out and they closed up shop.

It supposed to be open until midnight today but....closed... hey.. no more chicken

Jason and his family hope to open a new restaurant by Christmas. It will serve chicken.

"And for anyone that’s so worried about losing their chicken: we’re still doing chicken," he said. "For all they know, it might be better.”

How dare he.

And what's this?

In Yellowknife, it's 'Goodbye KFC, hello Mary Brown's' http://t.co/oLN3pSLOAP #yzf

FFS Mary Brown's, the body isn't even cold.

Craig Silverman is Media Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

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