Crying fowl: Nando’s closes stores as ‘chicken runs out’

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Nando’s has had to close several restaurants  (Nando's)
Nando’s has had to close several restaurants (Nando's)

Nando’s fans have been crying fowl after the chain closed several restaurants when they ran out of chicken.

A staff shortage at the South African chicken store has been blamed for the breaking of supply chains with dozens off work having to complete Covid isolation periods in a ‘pingdemic’ which has affected the entire hospitality industry.

Nando’s has said it will provide 70 staff to its suppliers’ factories to temporarily restore normal levels of food deliveries and reopen its affected restaurants.

Social media users took to their respective platforms to moan about the closures.

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One worker added: “My Nando’s closed early today bc we have no chicken lmao same with loads in my area, and KFCs because we have the same supplier.”

Another fan was left upset on Twitter: “Went to three Nando’s yesterday and no wonder they were all closed - it’s KFC all over again.”

In the capital, Deliveroo users were shocked to discover they weren’t taking orders from their flagship Wood Green store finding it closed Tuesday morning.

People are Peri-Peri angry after the closures (Deliveroo)
People are Peri-Peri angry after the closures (Deliveroo)

One said: “It’s demoralising but there are enough decent Turkish places nearby that should soften the blow.”

The restaurant chain uses Avara, Moy Park and 2 Sisters Food Group to supply its stores with chicken.

According to their website, at least 25 restaurants across the UK are closed on Tuesday as a result of the supply chain issues.

A Nando’s spokesperson said: “The UK food industry has been experiencing disruption across its supply chain in recent weeks due to staff shortages, and a number of our restaurants have been impacted.

“However, we can confirm that from today Nando’s will be lending seventy of our brilliant team members to support our key suppliers – working in partnership to help get things moving again.

“We expect to see this having a positive impact on the affected restaurants very soon, so please bear with us whilst we do everything we can to get our famous PERi-PERi chicken back where it belongs – on your plates!”

Nando’s closures in London

  • Park Royal

  • Victoria - Cardinal Place

  • One New Change

  • The O2 Greenwich

  • Bethnal Green

  • White Chapel

  • Clapham

  • Southgate

  • Chiswick

  • Gatwick - South Terminal

It comes just as KFC warned there were missing items from the menu because a supply crisis hit the chicken chain.

In 2018, KFC had to close 600 of its stores after running out of chicken sparking some desperate foodies to call the police.

Officers in Tower Hamlets were forced to say the so-called “crisis” is not a police matter after scores of London outlets were forced to close when they ran out of chicken.

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