THREE new KFC restaurants could be opening in East Lancashire soon.

The chain's website lists target locations it would like to set up shop in. 

And among them are three new planned outlets in East Lancashire – Rawtenstall, Darwen and Mellor Brook.

Presently KFC has three restaurants in Blackburn and outlets in Burnley, Colne, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

The fried chicken chain opened a drive-thru in Mellor Brook in 2014 but the restaurant has since closed.

Another ‘target location’ for the company is Ormskirk.

In September, the EG Group announced that it had acquired 52 new KFC restaurants in the UK.

The network, across the south and south-west regions, comprised of more than 1,600 staff and a mix of drive thru and traditional restaurant formats.

The latest acquisition from the from Amsric Group Post- saw the company operate over 220 KFC restaurants in Europe and the UK.

It also took the EG Group's portfolio of food service establishments to more than 1,700 outlets.