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Sign of the Times: Abandoned KFC Transformed Into Marijuana Dispensary


As the economy worsens and abandoned storefronts continue to pop up on street corners all over the country, we've had the opportunity to learn which industries are virtually recession-proof. For example, California's medical marijuana industry continues to thrive.

Which is why we're not surprised to learn that an out-of-business branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Los Angeles has been repurposed into—you guessed it—the Kind for Cures marijuana dispensary.

It's a clever rebranding—Kind for Cures kept the original building intact, only removing the KFC logo. The new KFC is sure to garner interest with its offer of a free 1/8th of marijuana for first-time customers.

In all seriousness, the KFC/Kind for Cures incident demonstrates the enduring power of the medical marijuana industry. In a time when California is hurting for cash, full legalization and taxation on the drug could help bring the state out of its seemingly never-ending budgetary hole. If and when that happens, a number of designers stand at the ready with branding ideas.

[Via LA Weekly]

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  • JC Dresser

    I love this! When the Kentucky Fried Chicken left this store just sitting there, it was a mess. A HUGE eye sore in the City. This place is now called KFC, I'm sure they were lending some humor to the place. But what they REALLY did was clean the place up. It's now safe to walk by this store. They even have a water bowl for us that walk our dogs by the place. They are always saying HI to everyone. They even cleaned up the trash that was mounting on the hill side by the old train tracks. The homeless camp is gone. The abandon cars are gone. The tagging is off the walls and roof. They asked me what I thought when I walked by that would help the community. I said if they could get the graffiti off the Palm's Post office. He said, they will look into having the same company remove it at the cost of the KFC. Palms City, don't get rid of this place (we know you do) let them help our city. If you get complaints close them, if not, let them clean more of our city up!!