Arkadelphia KFC restaurant razed

The famous red-and-white pinstripe awnings of Kentucky Fried Chicken are strewn about the remnants of what used to be a restaurant. | Leslie R. Kent photo/For

A longtime staple of fast-food dining options in Arkadelphia, KFC is now a pile of rubble as the Arkadelphia Bypass takes shape

As work continues on the Arkadelphia Bypass, the Arkansas Department of Transportation contracted McKenzie Farms of Gurdon to demolish the former KFC restaurant in downtown Arkadelphia.

A favorite for many lovers of fried chicken, the decades-old establishment at 921 Clinton St. became a pile of rubble in a matter of hours on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. The restaurant shuttered its doors in April after selling the property to the state Highway Commission for $1.1 million, the single-largest buyout for the Arkadelphia Bypass project.

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Arkadelphia city officials are still eyeing options for the relocation of the Welcome to Downtown Arkadelphia rock that stands at Clinton and 10th streets.

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The eastern terminus of the bypass will connect 10th Street to Highway 67 via a southern path through developed and undeveloped sections of the city. Various existing buildings have been and will continue to be razed for the project. Clark County officials have estimated the project to be complete by 2027.

Alternative D, highlighted in lime green, is the path chosen for the eastern terminus of the Arkadelphia Bypass. The bypass and its western terminus are mapped out as Alternative B, the dotted green line shown on the map legend. | Arkansas Department of Transportation image