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Kentucky Fried Chicken-KFC is an American fast-food restaurant chain headquarters in LOUISVILLE. Kentucky specializes in fried chicken. It is the world’s second-largest restaurant chain as measured by sales after Mc Donald’s with 22621 locations Globally in 150 countries as of December 2019.


Wing Street is an American restaurant specializing in chicken. The restaurant chain is owned by Yum Brands, Which also own its sister franchises Taco Bell, Pizza Hut & KFC. As of March 2014, there was 5000 location in the USA and in Canada.

KFC WAS FOUNDED BY COLONEL HARLAND SANDERS an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin. The first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952. KFC Popularized chicken in the fast-food industry.

COLONEL HARLAND DAVID SANDERS was an American businessman, best known for food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Sanders Fried Chicken (KFC) and later acting as a company’s brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company.

Early Life & Childhood:-

Harland David Sanders was born on September 9, 1890. He was the oldest of three children born to Wilbur David and Margaret Ann Sanders. His mother was of Irish and of Dutch descent. Sanders father died in 1895. His mother got work in a tomato cannery and the young Harland was left to look after and cook for his siblings. By the age of seven, he was reportedly skilled with bread and vegetables and improving with meat. His mother remarried Edward Park. His mother was widowed when he was 10 years old. Sanders began to work as a farmhand.

In 1902 Sander’s mother remarried William Broaddus and the family moved to Greenwood, Indiana. In 1903 he dropped out of seventh grade and he went to live and work on a nearby farm. At the age of 13, he left home and took a job painting horse carriages in Indianapolis. When he was 14 he moved to southern Indiana to work as a farmhand.


Struggling in Life of Colonel Sanders:-

In 1906 he lived with his uncle in New Albany, Indiana. His uncle worked in a streetcar company. He gives a job as a bus conductor. After two months he moved to Jasper, Alabama where he got a job cleaning out the ash pans of trains from the Northern Alabama Railroad. Sanders progressed into became a fireman (steam engine stoker) from the age of 16. He worked this job for three years.

Sanders found labour work in the western railway in 1909. While working on the Railroad, He meets, Josephine King of Jasper Alabama and they married on June 15, 1909. He has three children but his son Harland Jr. Died at an early age. His wife left Josephine left him taken the children back to her parent’s home when Harland was already 40 years old. He had little capital accumulated over the years. He bought a  service station, motel and cafe at  Corbin a town in  Kentucky about 25 miles from the Tennessee border.

Harland seriously thought about the location of his service station, selecting the best place for it. Along this road, the people travelled to Florida and another location from the northern states and the flow of customers was endless.

Colonel Sanders began serving meals to his clients in the living quarters because he did not have a restaurant. He was cooking chicken dishes and other meals such as country ham and steaks in the chicken. Soon his service station became famous throughout Kentucky. It was called “ Kentucky Fried Chicken of Harland  Sanders”.All customers noted the quality of its seasoning, which he was prepared from 11 different spices. Life began to improve.

A significant event in the life of Sanders happened in 1935, when the governor of Kentucky, Ruby Laffoon awarded Harland the title of Kentucky Colonel for services to the state. In fact, people all over the country talking about the “national dish” of the state from Colonel Harland Sanders. Being a colonel, Harland Sanders developed his appearance starting to wear a white suit and black bow tie. Nowadays Harland Sanders is portrayed on the logos of KFC.

In 1956, his business decreased dramatically due to Sander’s restaurant was out of sight from passing travellers. The once successful businessman rolled down. He was forced to sell the property for$ 75,000 to pay his debt. He was almost broken when he was 66 years old. He was living off a monthly $105 as social security. After a while, Sanders decided to move to Shelbyville Kentucky.

The Colonel decided to retire. Although his condition almost broke and crashed, Harland  Sanders tried to sell KFC fried chicken recipes to restaurants in the Quota region in the USA. For two years around the offering his recipe there were  1000 rejections he received. But he never gives up on offering his recipe.

Without giving up and believing it would work, he kept trying until the age of Seventy years old. At the age of 70,s Colonel Harland Sanders the number of restaurants that were part of his KFC Franchise reached two hundred places in the USA & in CANADA.


1952-1980: Kentucky Fried Chicken:-

In 1952, Sanders franchised his secret recipe “ Kentucky  Fried Chicken” for the first time to Pate  Harman of South Salt  Lake, Utah, the operator is one of the city’s largest restaurants. In the first year of selling the product, restaurant sales more than tripled with 75%  of the increase coming from sales of fried chicken. In addition of fried chicken was a way of differentiating his restaurant from the competitors in Utah. Don Anderson a sign painter hired by Harman, coined the name  Kentucky Fried Chicken. After  Harman’s success, several others restaurant owners franchised the concepts and paid  Sanders $0.04 per chicken.

At the age of 65 years old, he often sleeping in the backside of his car, Sanders visited restaurants offered to cook his chicken and it works like it negotiated franchise. Although such visits require much time eventually potential franchisees began visiting Sanders instead. He ran the company while Claudia mixed and shipped the spices to restaurants. The franchise approach became highly successful.KFC was one of the first fast-food chains to expand internationally. Initially, he opened outlets in the USA, MEXICO, and JAMAICA in the mid-1960.



In 1963, the number of restaurants under its KFC Franchise reached six hundred places. The amount is too much and it is impossible for him to carry it himself. Therefore Harland Sanders decided to sell his KFC Franchise business to John Brown Junior and a millionaire Jack Mass. In addition from his Sanders also earned a fortune a lifetime monthly salary of forty thousand dollars (later increased to seventy-five thousand dollars) monthly in exchange for his role as a  consultant. The advertisement he had published, and his position as a  President of the Company.

In 1986, KFC was bought by the Pepsi Cola Company for 840 Million dollars. In 2020 the number of restaurants reached about 39000 operators in more than 50 counties around the world.


Sanders was diagnosed with acute leukaemia, In June 1980. He died on December 16, 1980, at a Jewish Hospital in Louisville at the age of 90. Sanders remained active until the month before his death appearing in his white suit to crowds.

Best 5 Quote by Colonel Harland Sander:-

“I have only had two rules, do all you can and do it the best you can. It is the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something”.

2.” No hours, nor amount, of money, would deter me from giving the best that there was in me”.

3.” Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel, If people believe in themselves it is amazing what they can accomplish”.

4.” If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we will turn out all right”

5.” I always hired widows with children, because they had to work and did not have any foolishness about them”.

Some Facts about Colonel Harland Sander:-

Sander’s opened his first Restaurant inside the Gas station:-

When Harland Sanders first began to serve meals to truck drivers at an old family dining room table wheeled into the front of his Corbin, Kentucky service station in 1930, fried chicken was not on the menu, because it took too long to prepare. He soon opened Sanders cafe across the street and began to serve chicken fried in the iron skillet.

Sanders served in the military but was an honorary colonel:-

Sanders, who falsified his birth date in order to enlist in the US Army, in 1906, served in Cuba for several months before his honourable discharge. In 1935, Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon issued a ceremonial decree that commissioned Sanders as an honorary colonel.

His first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was in Utah:-

The Colonel’s fried chicken first became a fast-food hit in an unlikely location –Salt Lake City Utah. It was there in 1952 that pate  Harman, Sander’s friend who operated one of the city’s largest restaurants, became the colonel’s first franchisee.

Sanders swore like a sailor:-

The colonel may have appeared the epitome of a Southern gentleman, but his language was notoriously salty, particularly when he was not pleased with the quality of food served up by franchisees. The colonel is famous among KFC people for the forces and variety of his swearing.

The colonel supposedly cursed a Japanese baseball team:-

Sanders put a hex on the  Hanshin  Tigers after the baseball team joyous fans celebrated a 1985  championship by tossing his statue, taken from a  Kentucky  Fried Chicken restaurant into an Osaka river. The team’s subsequent championship drought was blamed on the “Course of colonel”.


                                                  -: Best quote by Colonel Sander:-

                  “I have only had two rules. Do all you can and do it the best you can”



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