Trending this week: KFC launches chicken nuggets for the first time

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This week on Nation’s Restaurant News, the top story was that Starbucks was permanently closing 16 stores due to security concerns. The company has confirmed that six stores in Los Angeles, two stores in Portland, six stores in Seattle, one in Washington, D.C. and one in Philadelphia will permanently close due to drug use by customers and members of the public. The employees of these stores will be transferred to new premises.

Separately, KFC on Monday announced the release of its first-ever chicken nuggets. The new menu item is being tested at select Yum-branded stores in the Charlotte, NC area (Concord, Mint Hill, Shelby, and Salisbury) and is available in 8, 12, and 36-piece meals starting at 3 $.49 starting July 18. as an LTO menu item.

Additionally, McDonald’s Corp. has agreed to buy out one of its longtime franchise groups, the Caspers Company of Tampa, Fla., the companies confirmed on Tuesday.

Blake Casper and his brother-in-law, Robert “Robby” Adams, the third generation of the company that has operated McDonald’s since 1958, plan to retire after selling 60 restaurants in markets in Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida, in October .1, the Chicago-based parent company said in a field office message seen by Nation’s Restaurant News.

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