Tuesday, October 19, 2010

KFC Around the World

The other day I made a blog entry here devoted to the wonderful world of McDonald's. I used Google Maps Street View to find twenty-five different McDonald's restaurants in twenty-five different cities. And why did I do that? Well, I'm not sure. it's not out of love for McDonald's. I guess I was intrigued by just how Globalism works - how this cookie-cutter design can be stampted on otherwise very different urban spaces. Kind of both frightening and intriguing at the same time. The 'golden arches' in the midst of these different street scenes became a lind of very easy 'Where's Waldo?' game. I was hooked. So here's take two: KFC, which is more international than I had thought it was, whether it's branded in full ("Kentucky Fried Chicken"), in acronym ("KFC") or, in Québec, in its rather delightful alternate acronym "PFK" (test your French by decoding that...)
Click on any of these pretty thumbnails for a full-screen picture.


KFC CanberraKFC ChicoutimiKFC Copenhagen

Canberra

Chicoutimi

Copenhagen



KFC DublinKFC DurbanKFC Glasgow

Dublin

Durban

Glasgow



KFC HalifaxKFC Hong KongKFC Kyoto

Halifax

Hong Kong

Kyoto



KFC LexingtonKFC LondonKFC Madrid

Lexington

London

Madrid



KFC MarseillesKFC MonterreyKFC Prague

Marseilles

Monterrey

Prague



KFC Québec CityKFC Rio de JaneiroKFC Rotterdam

Québec City

Rio de Janeiro

Rotterdam



KFC Salt Lake CityKFC SeattleKFC Singapore

Salt Lake City

Seattle

Singapore



KFC StellenboschKFC TaipeiKFC Tijuana

Stellenbosch

Taipei

Tijuana




KFC Wellington


Wellington




A few quick notes for the sake of clarification: Stellenbosch and Durban are both in South Africa. Halifax is the one in Nova Scotia, and both Chicoutimi and Québec City are in Québec (I love the 'PFK' so much I couldn't resist two). Lexington is in Kentucky, where the brand name is surprisingly not merely 'Fried Chicken', and Salt Lake City is in Utah, both in the USA. The company apparently started in Salt Lake City, but I don't know whether that was the first location. Wellington is in New Zealand and Canberra in Australia. Rotterdam is in the Netherlands, Marseilles is in France. I used too many of the same cities this second time out.
And that's the Dirty Bird. PETA would be so happy.
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