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Ixelles says no to KFC at Porte de Namur
KFC has been told it cannot open a fast-food restaurant at Porte de Namur - because there are too many similar food outlets nearby.
The municipality of Ixelles has refused a request for planning permission to open a KFC at 1 Chaussée d'Ixelles. The decision was reportedly led by two Ecolo councillors, Yves Rouyet (in charge of urban planning) and Audrey Lhoest (commerce).
The town council said there was already a high concentration of restaurants within a 100m radius. McDonalds, Burger King, Quick and Hector Chicken, among others, already have outlets there.
The municipality said: "Chaussée d'Ixelles is a street with a high concentration of fast-food businesses, and the accumulation of similar establishments reduces the diversity of what this district has to offer. The proliferation of fast-food is likely to harm some of the qualities of the neighbourhood."
KFC is looking to open 150 restaurants in Belgium, with the first at North Station. The American fast-food chain has lodged an appeal with the Brussels region against the decision in Ixelles.