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“We think that’s a great area,” Bowling told this news outlet earlier this year, when she confirmed the new location. “I’m astonished at the growth of businesses and homes. We live in Bellbrook, and we’ve seen that area has just exploded.”
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The new KFC will be a prototype next-generation design that will seat 52 and employ about 35, Bowling said. A KFC restaurant that had operated on Wilmington Pike at Whipp Road until it shut down in early 2016 was owned by a different franchise owner.
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The chicken-restaurant market is becoming intensely competitive in the Dayton area, which has added more than a dozen new restaurants from national chains, regional start-ups and local, independent operators in the last four years. Bowling is confident her franchise KFC restaurants will succeed despite the surge in competition.
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“Our sales have been up substantially for the last year and a half,” Bowling said. “We have great people working for us, including managers that have been with us for 20 years. It’s all about treating customers right and serving a great product.”