A KFC branch in Iran was shut down after only a day of operation. Some say it was closed down due to being too Americanized, which supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini was very much against.
The business owner, however, said it was closed down because Iranian authorities thought the franchise belongs to KFC in the U.S. while in fact it belongs to Halal KFC, a Turkey-based company.
Abbas Pazuki, the manager of the Halal KFC, told Tasnim News Agency that his franchise was shut down because police thought it was operating with a fraudulent license. “The shutting down of Halal KFC was due to misunderstanding,” the manager was quoted as saying.
KFC spokesperson, Laurie Schalow, told Mashable that the company was shocked that there was an illegitimate KFC outlet in Tehran, Iran. “No franchise rights have been granted to any party in Iran. We are in contact with local authorities and external advisers and will be filing a legal action against any company or individuals claiming to have rights to open KFC,” Schalow told Mashable.
Ali Fazli, head of the Iranian chamber of commerce, told local press agency that Halal KFC is not connected with KFC in the U.S. which is owned by Yum Brands. Fazeli said “in accordance with orders from the Supreme leader, we do not give any authorization to Western brands.”
Pictures posted by Tasnim Agency of the establishment, first seen by Mashable, showed police sign on its door saying “closed until further notice.” The news agency said the Iranian KFC “can be seen as part of American influence into Iranian culture.” The agency added that “the U.S. is one of Iran’s major enemies and this will have grave dangers for the country.”
Apparently, after a nuclear deal was struck between Iran and the U.S., western companies were lobbying to open establishments in the country. The Supreme Leader declared that western establishments in Iran are a “red line that would not be crossed.”