COBB COUNTY, Ga. — The Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise "Big Chicken" on Cobb Parkway in Marietta has reopened after 12 weeks of renovations.
The local landmark is back in business following a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning that attracted a variety of local dignitaries.
Channel 2's Ross Cavitt said the KFC is remodeling hundreds of its stores nationwide, but the $2.2 million "Big Chicken" project in Marietta is unlike any other.
The red carpet was rolled out for the reopening, including Colonel Sanders himself.
Mayor Steve Tumlin was in attendance as well and said he was there when the original "Big Chicken'" was built under a different franchise nearly 52 years ago.
"To be honest, I didn't think much about it, but when you go out of town and I say, I'm from Marietta, they say 'Oh, the big chicken,'" said Tumlin. "So we found out (that) out of the city there was a legacy."
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