One Marion man got himself a “finger lickin’ good” deal by holding on to a 30-year-old coupon.
Back in 1986, Paul Boyd got a coupon at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Rutherford Road, which is now Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta. This coupon made him a member of the Tuesday Special Club and it bears the likeness of Col. Harland Sanders, the chain’s founder.
By presenting this coupon, you could get a three-piece meal on any Tuesday for the low price of $2.59. The customer would present it at the eatery and it would be punched for every time it was used. And it could only be used at KFC restaurants in Marion, Boone, West Jefferson, North Wilkesboro, Morganton and Albemarle. The expiration date was Dec. 31, 1986.
Rather than discard it, Boyd held on to this coupon long past the expiration date and kept it in his wallet for the past 30 years.
“It’s been kind of a conversation piece since then,” he said. “My wife says I never throw anything away.”
In addition to his regular job at West Rock, Boyd, along with his wife Marian, are the pastors of His Place Worship Center, located at 1423 U.S. 70 West. Boyd said he got to joking about how pastors love chicken, especially fried chicken. A couple of weeks ago, he took a good look at this old coupon in his wallet and noticed it had an expiration date of Dec. 31, 1986, which was 30 years ago.
“I just saw the date and I thought it was neat,” he said. “Thirty years ago, KFC was the only show in town.”
There was no Bojangles or Zaxby’s back then, he added.
“I thought about how much different Marion looked 30 years ago,” said Boyd.
He also knew that the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located off N.C. 226 South and next to Love’s Truck Stop was going through an extensive remodeling, like other local fast-food eateries have done.
“They are renovating there to change with the times,” said Boyd.
So, he went to that KFC to see if they would redeem his worn three-decade-old coupon. He showed it to the manager and sure enough, the restaurant honored it.
“We’re always going to honor any (KFC) coupon that comes across our path,” said Assistant Manager Paul Platt.
Platt said a similar meal today would usually cost $8.53.
Right now, the lobby and inside dining area at that restaurant is closed as the extensive remodeling is underway. But the kitchen and drive-through are still open for business.
Restaurant General Manager Chris Chappell said the KFC on N.C. 226 South will have a different exterior and interior once the remodeling is completed by mid-January. It will be similar to what was done to the one in Morganton.
This KFC building is around 12 to 13 years old and covers approximately 3,000 square feet. Both KFC locations in Marion are owned and operated by Fulenwider Enterprises, based in Morganton.
The new Kentucky Fried Chicken on N.C. 226 South will have booths and a family table in the middle. The buffet will no longer be there. The restrooms will be redone as well.
“The outside will be totally different,” said Chappell.
He added that Marion’s other KFC restaurant, located at 96 U.S. 70 West, will go through a makeover as well in the near future.
“We’re trying to stay current with the times,” said Platt. “We’re trying to make it convenient for the customers.”