IT was a Pizza Hut for nearly three decades before it closed last year, now one of Ecclesall Road’s most prominent locations will be buzzing with people again after it reopens as a KFC.
The fast food giant has just signed a 17-year lease for the front unit on Berkeley Centre and a new sit-down restaurant is set to open by November.
The outlet will be run by Fieldrose Ltd, one of the largest KFC franchisees in the country. It is set to create jobs when it closes the KFC on Ecclesall Road and moves operations to the larger unit.
Part of the site will be converted into a Hey Potato takeaway to be run separately, according to Matthew Barnsdale, of agents Lambert Smith Hampton.
He said: “Henderson UK Property Fund have owned the Centre for a good number of years and this unit represented one of very few voids it has seen so it is pleasing we have achieved such a deal in a difficult market.”
Pizza Hut closed in October last year, but it had taken until now to complete negotiations and legal agreements, he added.
Five years ago McDonald’s tried to open in Berkeley Centre - also home to national brands Tesco and Blockbuster - but failed to get permission to convert a recruitment consultants’ office. A protest by residents also damaged the bid. That site is now a Costa.
Mr Barnsdale said he wasn’t expecting a protest over KFC and it didn’t need to go before the council because there was no change of use.
He added: “All the feedback I’ve had has been positive. I don’t know why people would have issues considering there is already a KFC just down the road. It’s a restaurant location and KFC is a restaurant.
“Anyway the deal has been done, no other consents are required.”
The 2,750 sq ft unit was let by LSH on behalf of landlord, the Henderson UK Property Fund.
Cameron Fraser from Henderson UK Property Fund said: “We are delighted with the deal completed with Lambert Smith Hampton who managed all aspects of the letting process. I’m sure Fieldrose Ltd will find the location perfectly matched to their purposes and have no doubt they will prove successful during their 17 year lease term.”