Local KFC chain closes East Mill Plain restaurant

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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The KFC restaurant at 8302 E. Mill Plain Blvd. closed permanently on Tuesday, according to Scott Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Northwest Inc., a Vancouver-based chain of KFC restaurants since the 1960s.

Dickinson said, slow sales and “difficult economic conditions” forced his decision to close the Mill Plain location, which opened in 1979 as a relocation from a smaller site at the Garrison Square shopping center a few blocks west of the newer venue. Dickinson Northwest operates seven other KFC restaurants, two of which are located within two miles of the closed venue.

Dickinson said the restaurant’s staff of 14 employees will transfer to jobs at the chain’s other KFC locations. He expects to market the half-acre restaurant site and building for sale.