A development application for a KFC restaurant at Huntlee has been lodged with Cessnock City Council.
Shayne Herring and Julie Kay - who own KFC stores at Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Thornton - have lodged the plans to build the restaurant at 5 Tollbar Avenue, Branxton (in the Huntlee town centre).
It is proposed to trade from 10am to 11pm seven days a week, in keeping with standard operational hours of KFC premises in NSW.
"We have an application before council to provide a modern and highly functional restaurant to service the local customers and hopefully also capture vehicles exiting the Hunter Expressway towards the vineyards," Mr Herring said.
"COVID and council approval permitting we are hoping to be building by early 2022 with an estimated June opening.
"We are currently looking closely at all applicants from Branxton, Greta and North Rothbury to hire and train at KFC Cessnock and Kurri Kurri - the intention being to transfer them to the Huntlee restaurant to give us a solid base of experience for opening.
"The main hire of around 60 team members will take place closer to store opening.
"We look forward to being part of the exciting growth that will occur in the area over the next 10 to 15 years."
A master-planned town, Huntlee is expected to become home to 20,000 residents on completion.