Meet the generals behind the Colonel

Team is family at KFC Ocean Grove. (Supplied)

We all know about KFC’s quick dine-in, takeaway and drive-through service of the golden Kentucky fried chicken with the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices, but that may not be true of the family behind the franchise in Ocean Grove.

Manager Nick shares the story behind the Hosking Family, the franchisees for the iconic Fast Food restaurant and how they took up the helm.

“Mum and dad – Ron and Bronwyn – who were farmers originally, saw an ad for Ollies Trollies (the forerunner to KFC) and decided to take the risk of going into business.

“Together with my older brothers, Scott and Craig, mum and dad kicked off with the Newcomb store in 1988, then the Grovedale store in 1999.

“Within two years of their start, KFC bought out the Ollies brand and they began a great partnership with KFC.

KFC in time of COVID

“We were able to quickly adapt to the challenge, transferring our model to mainly drive-through, and added delivery.

“Speaking of delivery, we encourage people who love the unique KFC taste, but find dine-in or drive-through inconvenient, to put their orders through Menulog for deliveries.”

The team

“Our team is the lifeblood of our organisation. They just get stuff done!

“We are so privileged to offer employment to more than 1000 people across 20 stores.

“This varies from our longest serving employee, who has been with the brand for over 35 years, to a 15-year-old boy or girl starting their first job.

“We also love seeing our team grow and succeed both in work and personally.

“An example of this is Isabel Breen who started as a 15-year-old team member at the Ocean Grove store.

“She’s now 23, running our Belmont store and has just been accepted on the KFC Head Office Graduate program. She’s also built her own house in this time.”

KFC Ocean Grove, Corner Kingston Down Drive and Shell Road, Ocean Grove.
Opens 10am-10pm Monday-Thursday, Sunday; 10am-11pm Friday-Saturday. Inquiries: 5255 3761