Initial Investment

LOW: $1,453,800
HIGH: $2,576,000

Change in Units

+2.8% +545 UNITS (1 Year)
+6.3% +1222 UNITS (3 Years)

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Company Profile



Franchising Since

1952 (64 Years)

Corporate Address

1441 Gardiner Ln. Louisville, KY 40213


Jason Marker

Parent Company

Yum! Brands Inc.


In 1930, Harland Sanders opened Sanders Court & Cafe in the front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. He was named an honorary Kentucky Colonel in 1936 for his contributions to local cuisine. Colonel Sanders began franchising in 1952 and awarded the first franchise to Pete Harman in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their handshake agreement stipulated that the corporation would receive a royalty of one nickel for each chicken Harman sold.

His recipe is still a secret, but billions of Colonel Sanders' chicken dinners are served annually in more than 80 countries. KFC is now part of Yum! Brands, which also includes Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.


Financial Requirements

Initial Investment

$1,453,800 - $2,576,000

Net-worth Requirement


Liquid Cash Requirement


Ongoing Fees

Initial Franchise Fee


Ongoing Royalty Fee


Ad Royalty Fee


Financing Options

KFC US LLC has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: 
franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Franchise 500® Rank History

Highest Rank: 7

Lowest Rank: 41

  • 2006 - 23
* Not all years were ranked

Units (Locations)

Where Seeking Franchisees:
Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Operations & Franchisor Support

Training Onsite: as needed

Training at headquarters: 6 weeks

Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Field Operations

Marketing Support
Regional Media

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Updated: September 21st, 2016

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