New KFC in Morton celebrates grand opening; chance to win free chicken for a year

Staff Writer
East Peoria Times-Courier

MORTON -- The new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Morton opens tomorrow, Nov. 13. The restaurant, located at 927 W. Jackson St., will host a grand opening celebration for the community on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. local time. The event will include a chance to win free chicken for a year for the first 50 guests in line, prizes and more.

The restaurant features KFC’s signature American Showman design aesthetic, which includes many elements that pay tribute to KFC Founder Colonel Harland Sanders and the brand’s heritage, including its signature red and white stripes. It will accommodate dining room seating for more than 50 guests.

“We’re excited to welcome the Morton community to our new location on West Jackson Street,” said Brian Cahoe, chief development officer, KFC U.S. “We invite everyone to stop by our grand opening celebration and try some of the Colonel’s hand breaded and freshly prepared chicken on Tuesday, Nov. 13.” 

KFC is a member of the Morton Chamber of Commerce and partners with the work experience program at Morton High school to provide job opportunities for high school students while they earn academic credit.

"Morton is very excited to have KFC's delicious food, great service, and passion for community in town again,” Village of Morton Board Trustee Sam Heer remarked. “We welcome KFC to Morton and look forward to building a strong partnership together."

KFC is committed to giving back to the Morton community through its Harvest food donation program. Through the Harvest program, KFC restaurant team members will pack and store unsold and wholesome food to donate to Trinity Methodist Church each week.

KFC has been affiliated with Harvest since 1999, donating nearly 78 million pounds of food to more than 800 nonprofits across the U.S. Learn more about the Harvest program here.