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Colonel Sanders fills up at Pruitt's

KFC and Colonel Sanders took over a Louisville, KY service station for a day to fill up gas tanks and present KFC's new $5 Fill-Ups

LOUISVILLE, Ky., August 1, 2014 — Paying homage to KFC’s humble beginnings in Corbin, Ky. – where fried chicken pioneer Colonel Sanders first cooked for hungry travelers at his service station, KFC and the “Colonel” went back to their roots this week to celebrate the brand’s new $5 Fill-Up meals, presenting consumers with a bit of nostalgia for when you could get a hot, delicious meal and fill up your car for just $5.00.

“In 1930, the Colonel opened his first restaurant in the small front room of a filling station in Corbin, Kentucky which he named ‘Sanders Court & Café.’ It was there he perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and started serving his Original Recipe® to guests”

Besides leading a NASCAR team respected for its growth and accomplishments in its short history, Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins is also a KFC franchisee, operating restaurants in Kentucky, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Colonel Sanders at Pruitts in Louisville, KY

On Tuesday, July 29, KFC took over Pruitt’s Service Island, an iconic full-service automotive station in Louisville, Ky., and offered a unique fill-up when “Colonel Sanders” caught drivers by surprise, appearing pump-side in lieu of expected service attendants. The Colonel gave a few lucky motorists KFC Gift Checks so they could enjoy a $5 Fill-Up meal of their own at a local KFC restaurant, and filled up their cars for free. In candid-camera style, KFC captured consumers’ reactions when the cultural icon showed up at their pump. Hidden camera footage is available to view on KFC’s YouTube channel.

Customers at Pruitt’s were surprised and elated to see the Colonel during a routine trip to fill their tank. One customer was so enthusiastic about her free fill up and KFC Gift Checks that she got out of her car to give the Colonel a hug, and another customer gave the Colonel a ride around the block in her convertible.

“In 1930, the Colonel opened his first restaurant in the small front room of a filling station in Corbin, Kentucky which he named ‘Sanders Court & Café.’ It was there he perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and started serving his Original Recipe® to guests,” said KFC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Hochman. “Our $5 Fill-Up meal harkens back to a time when you could fill up your car for just five dollars. We’re rolling back our prices so that our consumers can purchase five different real meals that each include a cookie and drink for just five dollars, too.”

And, starting today KFC will be surprising Twitter fans who profess their love for fried chicken with free “fill-ups”, giving away free fuel and KFC Gift Checks ranging in value from $10.00 to $300.00. KFC’s new $5 Fill-Ups offer customers a complete meal featuring a choice of entrée, drink and dessert, proving yet again that at KFC consumers don’t have to sacrifice budgets to satisfy hunger.

KFC’s new $5 Fill-Ups offer customers a complete meal featuring a choice of entrée, drink and dessert, proving yet again that at KFC consumers don’t have to sacrifice budgets to satisfy hunger! KFC’s $5 Fill-Up meal options include: The 1 Pc. Breast Fill-Up with 1 Pc. Breast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Biscuit, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; The 2 Pc. Drum & Thigh Fill-Up with one Drumstick, one Thigh, Biscuit, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; The Extra Crispy Tenders Fill-Up with 3 Extra Crispy Tenders, Biscuit, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; The Famous Bowl Fill-Up with a Famous Bowl, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; and The Pot Pie Fill-Up with a Pot Pie, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie.

About KFC
KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain. KFC specializes in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Extra Crispy Strips, Hot Wings, Go Cups, Famous Bowls, Pot Pies, freshly made chicken sandwiches, biscuits and home-style side items. There are more than 18,000 KFC outlets in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM.) For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc).


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