Claudia Sanders Historic Shelbyville House for Sale | Business

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – Historic Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville is for sale.

According to a press release on Wednesday, the restaurant created by KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders for his wife, Claudia, has been brought to market along with the brand and resemblance to Claudia Sanders’ name.

The sale also included memorabilia from the Sanders family, including Colonel Sanders’ original Kentucky Colonel’s certificate, a “Merry Christmas” letter from President Nixon to Colonel Sanders, a Sanders Bible, money clip and wristwatch.

The sale of real estate is handled by Six Degrees Real Estate.

“Claudia was the unspoken hero of her husband’s success in business,” Jonathan Klink, a real estate agent and family representative, said in a press release. “And he wanted to honor it by creating the Claudia Sanders Diner House and the brands associated with it. There is so much rich history involved in this sale; it’s exciting to think about the potential that awaits the right buyer – to honor and protect this legacy and grow the brand even further.”

Harlan and Claudia Sanders moved to the property from Corbin, Kentucky. There they opened Claudia Sanders Diner House in 1959, which was also the first KFC headquarters. Additionally, the property has been the couple’s home for over 25 years. It has attracted clients from all over the country for more than 60 years.

“Colonel and Claudia bought the house in the front, and this building was in the back, then it was like a Kentucky Fried Chicken office/warehouse building,” said Dick Miller, a personal assistant to Colonel Sanders.

Miller told WDRB News that he remembers when Sanders bought the property and the vision to use a warehouse to continue his legacy in Shelbyville.

“The colonel then wanted to turn it into a dinner house,” he said.

After her husband’s death, Claudia Sanders sold the restaurant and home to a local couple who were close to the family. But after 20 years, the current owners are selling the property and the popular brand.

“The restaurant is owned solely by Sanders and their close friends, The Settlers,” Morgan Hancock, a family representative and registry agent, said in a press release. “The Settles is now committed to finding the next responsible for this historic brand that will not only struggle to preserve its heritage, its employees and its staple dishes here in this community, but potentially expand the Claudia Sanders brand nationwide.”

The property comprises 3.01 acres of commercial property with two buildings. They include a 5,000-square-foot residence belonging to Harland and Claudia Sanders from 1959 to 1984—called Blackwood Hall—and a restaurant and banquet hall of approximately 25,000 square feet.

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