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KFC pitches plan to open second fast food restaurant in Orange

April 21, 2023

From council papers, digitally altered.

By Peter Holmes

The KFC on Bathurst Road may finally be about to experience a little competition, with Orange Cty Council to consider a development application (the DA) for a second outlet in the city.

The developer - Spencer Gulf Restaurants Trust - is seeking permission to construct a single storey 350-square-metre building and signage opposite Bunnings on the corner of Leeds Parade and the Northern Distributor Road.

The development would contain a KFC with 62 seats for dining, drive-through facilities, a car park and site landscaping.

In 2013 a developer tried unsuccessfully to have the land opposite North Orange McDonald’s on the corner of Farrell Road and Telopea Way rezoned so as to build a KFC.

The site, as per OCC papers.

In 2020 an application was made for an Oporto, Coffee Time and Caltex service station on the other side of the Northern Distributor and Leeds Parade roundabout.

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An Ampol petrol station is on the other side of the Northern Distributor (you can read about the messy dispute between Ampol, Caltex and Chevron here).

Orange City Council will also consider a DA to build a Carl’s Jr. burger restaurant on the same site. There is a Carl’s Jr. in Dubbo, and another in Kelso on the eastern fringes of Bathurst is slated to open next Wednesday (April 26, 2023).

Plans for the Carl's Jr. in North Orange, per OCC papers.

These are the type of burgers Carl's Jr. sells.

The KFC on Bathurst Road is arguably the busiest of the franchises on Orange’s Fast Food Golden Mile (KFC, McDonald’s, Red Rooster, Taco Bell, Hungry Jack’s and Guzman Y Gomez.

The unmistakable waft of the 11 secret herbs and spices envelops passing cars, and many cannot resist its call.

At peak times the twin queues to the drive-through can be seen by passing cars stretching out to Elizabeth Street.

However, for all its popularity, it is a constant source of complaint on social media. The young staff work hard but are regularly overwhelmed. Deliveries - which cost $8.95 and are at the top end of Menulog delivery prices - are often missing food, or contain incorrect items.

The application for the KFC North Orange will be on public exhibition until 5pm Monday May 1, 2023. During this period, any person may make written submission on this development proposal to Council.

The exhibition documents are available for viewing at: or at the Customer Service Counter of the Civic Centre (ground floor) Byng Street, Orange.

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