Residents of Weyburn, Saskatchewan were in a full panic Tuesday after news spread on social media that the all-you-can-eat KFC buffet was closing its doors, for good.
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Panic reached a point where even the premier of the province, Brad Wall, voiced his concern and urged people on Twitter to voice their concern directly to the company.
The last KFC buffet in the world in Weyburn, SK is being shut down? RT and say NO
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) May 24, 2016
As panic mounted and threatened to send the residents of Weyburn and the surrounding areas into a buffet feeding frenzy, KFC found itself in the position of having to respond immediately, or risk an unwinnable food fight.
“This afternoon, KFC learned that our buffet in Weyburn, Saskatchewan was closing. Like many people, we were surprised by this news. We can confirm the buffet is not closing. While we cannot guarantee that the Weyburn buffet will remain open forever, we can guarantee that it will be open for now,” a spokesperson for KFC said in a statement.
The KFC buffet in Weyburn was the first to open for business in Canada back in 1988. The only other KFC buffet operating in Canada is located in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. The fate of the Humboldt restaurant was not immediately addressed by the company.
KFC officials are planning to tour the Weyburn location on Wednesday. Residents of the town plan to be there, in support of their local buffet.
— 620 CKRM (@620ckrm) May 25, 2016