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America's Largest Chicken Chain Will Expand for the First Time In 17 Years

America's largest fried chicken chain has taken over the world with thousands of international locations, but its domestic presence has been on a steady decline for years. However, all that's about to change as KFC announces plans for U.S. growth for the first time in nearly two decades. We tend to think of the company as one of the staples of American fast food, but did you know there are currently more KFC restaurants in China than there are in the United States? Estimates place KFC's China footprint at just over 6,000 units , which is about 2,000 locations more than currently operate stateside. RELATED: This Beloved Burger Chain Is Opening 400 New Nontraditional Locations In fact, KFC's global footprint overtook its national one a while ago. By 2005, its international reach had surpassed the domestic by about 2,600 stores. In 2021, that difference has ballooned to an incredible 17,000 units—according to Restaurant Business , the chain currently operates 21,000 i