THE equivalent of more than one in five City of Kwinana residents attended the new KFC store last week, ordering 17,992 pieces of fried chicken.
The Kwinana Marketplace store opened on April 8, bringing 71 new jobs to the area.
In 2011, 351 young people aged 15 to 24 in the City of Kwinana were unemployed, a total of 13.9 per cent compared to WA’s 10 per cent.
KFC WA area coach Stephen Kuhanez believed the opening had been one of the biggest in WA in the past five years.
“Normally at the opening of a new store we’re busy, but this was something else. There were queues out the door of the dining room and the drive though line went around the corner and out on to the street,” he said.
The store opening was so eagerly anticipated that some snuck behind construction fences and into the store on its pre-opening staff family night.
In its first week, KFC Kwinana served 5919 people – the City has a population of 31,974. However, not everyone is happy about the amount of fast food available in Kwinana.
Kwinana’s rate of Type 2 diabetes in 2007-08 was 14 per cent higher than the rest of the nation and 18 per cent higher than the Perth metropolitan average.
More than 20 per cent of adults in Kwinana were predicted to be obese, compared to 15 per cent in Perth.
Perth South Coastal Medicare Local (PSCML) acting chief executive Paul Hersey said PSCML could not comment on individual restaurants, but local “food environments” had a significant impact on health.
“Research evidence from Harvard School of Public Health confirms fast food restaurants are more likely to locate near schools, which has been linked to increased risk of obesity in school children,” he said.
PSCML lifestyle educator Joelle Callaghan said people should eat takeaway only once a month.
“I recommend people should stick to five vegetables, two fruit, lean protein and limit their starchy carbs,” she said.
“People will feel better when they eat better. They’ll have more energy and less fatigue, and reduce their risk of obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.”