In 1930, Sanders opened his first restaurant, Sanders Court & Cafe, attached to a gas station. Over that decade Sander expanded and grew the business, before the original location was destroyed in a fire in 1939. Sanders rebuilds the restaurant and begins to franchise his recipe to other stores in 1952. Now, KFC operates more than 17,000 stores worldwide. 3,700 of them are in the world’s second biggest economy.