Retail News: River Oaks Ex-KFC to house another fried chicken joint

This still is taken from a video uploaded to the HHR YouTube Channel where I explored the KFC as it sat abandoned in 2018.

According to permits filed recently, Layne’s Chicken Fingers appears to be headed to River Oaks. The new restaurant will rehab a former KFC located at 2359 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019. The KFC, which closed in 2016, long enough ago that Swamplot covered it, has sat continuously vacant for nearly seven years. College Station-based Layne’s Chicken Fingers (LFC) is being franchised locally by the Houston franchisee of Halal Guys and has collocated their two Layne’s Outlets with existing Halal Guys locations. The existing locations are Cinco Ranch and the “Ella Fast Food Boulevard.” Layne’s has yet to make an official announcement of their new store. Layne’s refers to this store as a to-go restaurant in permitting documents. The previous KFC only offered a few patio dining tables, which were removed when the store closed. The current facility was constructed around 2009, replacing an older 1970s dine-in location.