The reopening of KFC in a Swansea business park has caused lengthy traffic traffic today – and has also delayed people visiting other stores to get essential items.
The National Take-Out Chicken Chain reopened today 100 of its branches across the country, allowing people to collect take-out chicken dishes, as well as make deliveries.
He also opened drive-thru lanes in 55 restaurants, including the Morfa commercial park outside the city of Swansea, next to the Liberty Stadium.
But its return to the market has proven so popular that hundreds of drivers have come forward to take advantage of their products after six weeks of coronavirus lockout.
The long lines of traffic meant that people arriving to visit other stores in the retail park also faced long waits as the lines to get in and out of the park swelled.
Boots, Poundland and Morrisons are the only other businesses currently trading in the park.
A visitor explained that she had gone to the site to obtain a prescription for an elderly neighbor of Boots the Chemists, and had chosen Morfa’s pharmacy because of its large size, rather than risking visiting a pharmacist with a smaller room, allowing him to keep a safe distance from others.
Remember the incredible queues at McDonald’s in Swansea just before it closed for locking
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Jo Giordani said, “It was a pandemonium up there.
“I went to get some important medicine for a neighbor who self-isolated, but I was in a queue for more than an hour.
“It was much more important than the people who rushed to take their milled chicken, but it was absolute chaos.”
Another visitor hoping to arrive at Morrisons added: “I was trapped for 30 minutes behind all these people queuing to enter KFC. Call this lock? “
KFC was contacted for comment.
A spokesman for the South Wales police said: “We are aware of the traffic congestion in Morfa retail park and have informed the management of the retail park and the authority highways, which are responsible for traffic management.
“We would like to remind people that the government advice is to leave your home only for essential travel.”