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After 50 years, this KFC says goodbye to Coquitlam as towers loom

A KFC franchise has closed after 50 years of serving up fried chicken to residents of Coquitlam, Port Moody and beyond

A handy spot for picking up a bucket of chicken in Coquitlam has closed up shop.

KFC has departed from its location at 602 Clarke Rd. after 50 years.

There’s a sign on the door and the windows are covered in paper.

Other restaurants in the strip mall, such as Subway and Viva La Pizza, will likely follow suit at the strip mall on the corner of Clarke Road and Como Lake Avenue.

The mall, which also includes the Mexican/Mediterranean grocery store called Frankie’s, will have to make way for a massive development coming to the prominent corner.

“Thank you Coquitlam,” the sign reads.

Before they left, employees put up a sign thanking Coquitlam residents for the patronage.

The sign also refers customers to other locations for service: 2991 Lougheed Hwy., in Coquitlam, and 726 6th St., in New Westminster.

For those needing a chicken fix, Hi Five Chicken, a B.C.-based franchise, has announced via a sign that it will open a 24-hour restaurant just down the street at 565 Clarke Rd. — opposite the Burquitlam SkyTrain Station.

Renovations for High Five are currently underway.

Meanwhile, a lot is about to happen to the property that currently houses the strip mall.

Intergulf has received permission to construct a four tower mixed-use project that also includes neighbouring properties: 612 and 618 Clarke Rd., 605 and 625 Como Lake Ave. and 620 Lea Ave.

Council approved the rezoning and issued the development permit on March 6.

Intergulf is calling the project Burquitlam Park District. 

Here’s what’s being built:

A 40-storey strata tower and a 33-storey strata tower atop a commercial podium with 663 market condominium units, and a five-storey 100 per cent non-market rental building with 47 units.

There will also be six ground-level commercial retail units, a day care, a large amenity space and 1,044 parking spaces with 699 electric vehicle parking spaces.

In Phase 2, Intergulf plans a market rental tower with about 280 market rental units and a strata tower with about 213 condo units.

A relocation and assistance plan is in place for tenants who were living in a rental apartment to the east when the rezoning was submitted in 2018, city documents say.

(Note, this story originally had the Intergulf project called Clarke and Como, which is the name of a different project across the street, according to the developer.)