KFC Fuels Folks With $5 Fill-Up Meals

Customers get surprise at the pump

Published in CSP Daily News

KFC Colonel Sanders %5 Fill-Up (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations / Foodservice)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- KFC and the Colonel went back to their roots this week to celebrate the brand's new $5 Fill-Up meals, presenting consumers with a bit of nostalgia for when they could get a meal and fill up the car for just $5.

On July 29, KFC took over Pruitt's Service Island, a full-service gas station in Louisville, Ky., and offered a fillup when "Colonel Sanders" caught drivers by surprise, appearing pumpside in lieu of expected service attendants. The Colonel gave a few lucky motorists KFC Gift Checks so they could enjoy a $5 Fill-Up meal of their own at a local KFC restaurant, and filled up their cars for free.

KFC captured consumers' reactions when the cultural icon showed up at their pump. Hidden camera footage is available to view on KFC's YouTube channel.

Customers at Pruitt's were surprised to see the Colonel during a routine trip to fill their tank. One customer was so enthusiastic about her free fill up and KFC Gift Checks that she got out of her car to give the Colonel a hug, and another customer gave the Colonel a ride around the block in her convertible.

"In 1930, the Colonel opened his first restaurant in the small front room of a filling station in Corbin, Ky., which he named 'Sanders Court & Café.' It was there he perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and started serving his Original Recipe to guests," said KFC's chief marketing officer, Kevin Hochman. "Our $5 Fill-Up meal harkens back to a time when you could fill up your car for just $5. We're rolling back our prices so that our consumers can purchase five different real meals that each include a cookie and drink for just $5, too."

And KFC will be surprising Twitter fans who profess their love for fried chicken with free "fillups", giving away free fuel and KFC Gift Checks ranging in value from $10 to $300. KFC's new $5 Fill-Ups offer customers a complete meal featuring a choice of entrée, drink and dessert.

KFC's $5 Fill-Up meal options include: The 1 Pc. Breast Fill-Up with 1 Pc. Breast, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Biscuit, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; The 2 Pc. Drum & Thigh Fill-Up with one Drumstick, one Thigh, Biscuit, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; The Extra Crispy Tenders Fill-Up with 3 Extra Crispy Tenders, Biscuit, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; The Famous Bowl Fill-Up with a Famous Bowl, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie; and The Pot Pie Fill-Up with a Pot Pie, Medium Drink, and Chocolate Chip Cookie.

KFC Corp., based in Louisville, Ky., is a leading chicken restaurant chain. It specializes in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, Kentucky Grilled Chicken and Extra Crispy Tenders, Hot Wings, Go Cups, Famous Bowls, Pot Pies, freshly made chicken sandwiches, biscuits and homestyle side items. There are more than 18,000 KFC outlets in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. KFC is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands Inc., also based in Louisville.