On Friday, KFC announced the launch of the "Crispy Colonel": an extra-crispy chicken sandwich with mayo and pickles that will be available starting Monday, April 23.

KFC franchise hiring 50 for new Butler County location

A KFC franchise is looking to hire 50 employees ahead of the planned late fall opening of a new KFC restaurant at 4340 Hamilton-Middletown Road in Liberty Twp.

A hiring event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield.

Founded in 1953 and based in Louisville, Kentucky, KFC is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain, according to Interbrand. It offers 4,200 locations nationwide, including 29 in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. Those locations are managed by Blue Ash-based PRV, a KFC franchise established in 2018 when owner Michael Roe purchased the franchise.

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Roe, who has worked with KFC & Yum! Brands for over 30 years, has operated the 29 stores in Cincinnati & Dayton for almost 10 years.

PRV is hiring crew members, cooks, shift supervisors and will pay between $9.50 to $12 an hour for each position. It also is hiring assistant general managers a salary of between $30,000 and $42,000 a year.

We spoke with Amy Allen, a PRV Management human resources generalist, about the hiring process at PRV. Here’s what she had to say:

Q. What are the reasons why someone might consider a job at KFC over other restaurants or businesses at this juncture? 

“Our hours of operation are very friendly and flexible, with no early morning shifts or late night business. We open at 11 a.m. and close 10 p.m. We also offer competitive pay and benefits, plus KFC Foundation Programs. That includes money management program and KFC Family Fund to assist employees through hardships.

“There’s also Rise KFC with GEDWorks, which helps employees earn their GED, and Reach KFC Educational Grant Program, which helps employees go to college.”

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Q: Some job seekers are concerned about the limits of advancement within a company or an industry. To what degree can KFC employees advance from entry-level roles to be promoted to greater positions within the company?

A: “PRV is committed to empowering and engaging our workforce. People are at the core of everything we do. Whether an employee has a career goal within our organization or not, PRV invests in helping our employees reach their personal goal of an education and advancement within the company. PRV is committed to providing a culture-of-advancement atmosphere within our organization. We have endless employee successful stories of crew members climbing the ladder of success and promoting to high level management positions.

“We currently have several Above-Store Leaders, that began their journey with KFC/PRV as crew members and with the training, support & leadership and professional development offered they were able to advance within the company.”

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Q: What’s the biggest challenge facing KFC and others in the fast-food industry and how does KFC seek to address that challenge?

A: “As with all businesses, the historically low unemployment has created an extraordinarily competitive labor market.

“To address this issue, PRV has a robust recruiting structure which includes connecting with potential applicants not only at the store level but also on social media including online employee recruiting platforms Snag and Indeed, Facebook and Twitter. This along with our continuous community engagement with local and city organizations, schools, churches, etc. allows us to address this challenge.”

Q: What’s the most prevalent roadblock that KFC when it comes to hiring and what can jobseekers do to remedy that situation?

“(There) really is no roadblock beyond the shrinking labor pool. PRV Management has unlimited resources and benefits and a proven track record of building careers. We focus on providing premier training that will advance our 21st century leaders and future leaders in our organization. Our motto is “Learn, Grow and Achieve with PRV.”

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