Bec Houterman tries a piece of chicken outside the South Rockhampton KFC store.
Bec Houterman tries a piece of chicken outside the South Rockhampton KFC store. Chris Ison

KFC profits as miners dig in

FAST-food sales may be on the slide across Queensland, but in mining areas, like Rockhampton, they appear finger-lickin' good.

That doesn't surprise Bec Houterman.

Bec, herself a healthy eater, said for many, particularly those working in the mining industry, fast-food outlets offered quicker and more convenient eating options.

This week Collins Foods, which owns 71 KFC stores in Queensland and the State's Sizzler restaurants, provided an update to the stock market, saying it had been forced to implement cost cuts as business conditions weakened.

A bright spot Collins Foods' CEO Kevin Perkins reported for his company was the continued strength of sales in mining communities.

"Mining communities continue to perform well and demonstrate the strength of the brand," Mr Perkins said.

He said the company was investing considerably in the Rockhampton area.

It recently redeveloped its KFC store in South Rockhampton and will start construction within the next few weeks on the relocation of its North Rockhampton store which has been trading well.

"Collins has council approval to relocate its North Rockhampton store to the Stockland Shopping Centre," Mr Perkins said.

"Until construction is completed KFC will continue to trade from its current location."

Its clear Rockhampton's insatiable appetite for fast foods is continuing.

When The Bulletin first compared the number of fast-food outlets to restaurants in the city, it showed a ratio out of kilter to most centres in the rest of the State (see fact box for latest figures).

In 2007, Rocky had 72 fast-food takeaways and 48 restaurants, according to the Yellow Pages.

Now - after much publicity that the region is one of Australia's diabetes hotspots - the city has 83 fast-food places and 50 restaurants.

 

Hotspots

  • Rockhampton, 83 fast-food places, 50 restaurants.
  • Mackay, 68 takeaways, 61 restaurants.
  • Townsville, 45 takeaways, 99 restaurants.
  • Cairns, 131 takeaways, 157 restaurants.
  • Brisbane CBD, 121 takeaways, 260 restaurants.

Source: Yellow Pages



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