Tarbes: after eight months of occupation, KFC finds its parking lot “but until when…”

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Since the beginning of November, caravans have occupied a large part of the parking lot common to the KFC and Courtepaille restaurants (closed). They left this weekend but the regional director of KFC fears that the scenario will repeat itself…

At the beginning of the afternoon, the parking lot of the KFC is almost empty. Strangely, it’s almost a relief for Jonathan Bruyelle and the fast food teams. Because for nearly eight months, the parking area that KFC shares with Courtepaille was occupied by caravans.

“We had travelers who had taken place here since November 2, taking advantage of the closure of the other restaurant, specifies the supervisor of the sign on the Pyrenees. We first had half a dozen caravans with rather cordial people, then more than ten with an audience where it was more complicated to discuss. We felt taken hostage, without solution and placed in front of the accomplished fact.

The KFC solicits the prefecture and the town hall. the police will come to see the invasion and occupation of this private property. “We came to tell our customers not to come and eat on site, it’s a shame, regrets the supervisor. We were unable to accommodate them. We had no other choice but to undergo .”

“We even had a swimming pool”

At the height of the occupation, only a quarter of the parking lot remained available. “We couldn’t park and we had to go further to come to work,” explains one of the 30 employees. “We even had a swimming pool!” plague Jonathan Bruyelle, who continues: “Over eight months, we had a 20% increase in energy consumption that we have to assume. Then, they plugged into the other restaurant. And there, it’s the eventual buyer who will have to assume this debt. Our delivery truck could sometimes no longer maneuver.”

The sign which is thinking of installing a barrier at the entrance to the site has filed a complaint for the damage and in particular the deterioration of the fence. “We have a certain empathy for the values ​​of these people who need solutions but do not necessarily take advantage of those offered to them. Here, many of our young employees work to feed their families. best image that we give them, in a period when it is not easy to recruit.”

The activity of KFC, one of the best in the region, suffered. “The dynamic that was on a 15% upward curve has stopped. The customers we are losing go elsewhere. While we are only asking to work…” A situation that ended on Saturday morning, with the departure of these local travellers. “Our wish is that this does not happen again.”

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