As they walked through the dusty rooms of an abandoned KFC, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers probably had a good idea of what they would find inside. After all, by now, finding secret cross-border tunnels in Arizona is a regular occurrence. But this was not a normal tunnel – and what it was used for is of serious concern for officials.
Fried chicken chain KFC is second only to McDonald’s when it comes to global fast food sales. In fact, it was among the first American chains to franchise internationally. Now it has nearly 20,000 stores all around the world, with almost 4,500 of those in the U.S. alone. But franchising stores doesn’t always work out. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to see restaurants close – no matter how successful their parent companies.
Once upon a time, you could grab a bucket of fried chicken within sight of Mexico in the city of San Luis, Arizona. But for reasons unknown, that KFC store closed several years ago. However, it’s location, just 200 yards away from the American/Mexican border, means that the abandoned building remains in a notable spot.