KFC is set to open 10 new branches in the next three months as it continues to expand across the UK.

The fried chicken giant, which has more than 1,000 UK sites, announced it will open five stores before the end of the year and five more in the new year.

The chain looks to open two drive-thru restaurants in Reading, a high street store in Edinburgh, and an outlet in Stansted airport.

It also plans to open drive-thrus on roads including the A3 at Cobham, A64 near Tadcaster, and A421 between Milton Keynes and Bedford.

Earlier this year, chief development officer James Whitehorn told MCA that KFC was significantly picking up its pace of growth as it targets the 1,500-site mark in the UK.

A spokesperson for KFC said: “We strive to reach as many of our loyal fans as possible, which is why we’re so excited to confirm these five new restaurants opening this year - as well as five more in the New Year.

“We can’t wait to get settled in these local areas and bring many new jobs to those communities too.”