More than 100 fast food workers have been left without jobs after a string of Red Rooster stores suddenly shut down The owner of Sunstate Foods Pty Ltd went into voluntary administration on Monday, shutting the doors of seven Red Rooster stores north of Brisbane Employees learnt they were out of a job when they arrived for work on Tuesday morning about 7 30am, Seven News reported.  More than 100 fast food workers have been left without jobs after a string of Red Rooster stores suddenly shut down Pictured: A customer at a Lakemba store in Sydney’s south-west The owner of Sunstate Foods Pty Ltd went into voluntary administration on Monday afternoon, shutting the doors of seven Red Rooster stores, north of Brisbane (stock image) There are five restaurants on the Sunshine Coast losing stuff; Buderim, Currimundi, Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore, Noosa Civic Centre and Mary St, Noosa  The Burpengary and Deception Bay fast food franchises at Moreton Bay have also shut up shop   Administrator Robson Cotter Insolvency Group had taken over and said there was not enough money to keep the stores running, forcing more than 100 employees out of a job The firm was fielding prospective buyers for the closed stores, and there was a possibility affected staff could be rehired if the franchises were purchased   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Chickens coming home to roost: A renegade group of Red EXCLUSIVE: Red Rooster goes halal: Fast food chain is. Share this article Share Gary Mortimer, a marketing professor at Queensland University of Technology, anticipates further Red Rooster closures There are currently 360 franchises across the country.’Franchisees will elect not to renew their contract,’ he told The Courier-Mail ‘It’s just another example of how tough it is out there in the food service franchise market ‘Mr Mortimer cited Red Rooster’s offer as an obstacle. While McDonald’s and Hungry Jacks can expand into desserts, salads or chicken, Red Rooster remains focused on poultry Administrator Robson Cotter Insolvency Group has taken over and says there was not enough money to keep the stores up-and-running, forcing more than 100 employees out of a job The advisory firm is arranging the possibility other businesses could take over the closed Red Rooster stores (stock image)’We’ve seen those poultry prices increase and that’s putting a strain on franchisees,’ he said Mr Mortimer suggested rising leasing costs, wages and rent could affect a franchisees ability to stay open He urged Red Rooster to get rid of their loss-making stores and transform the fast food brand into a ‘small but profitable business’   Daily Mail Australia visited a number of Sydney Red Rooster stores in May 2018, after a group of franchisees warned the chain was in dire trouble Red Rooster regular Gabriel Dimech heard the rumours of his favourite fast food outlet’s demise and was doing everything he could to keep the chain alive Mr Dimech was then dining at the Lakemba Red Rooster in Sydney’s south-west every day and had done so for years ‘I eat it every day,’ Mr Dimech said. ‘I don’t eat McDonald’s. I don’t eat Hungry Jack’s I don’t eat Kentucky Fried Chicken. That’s all c**p.’  Daily Mail Australia visited a number of Sydney Red Rooster stores in May 2018, amid rumours of franchisee bankruptcy Pictured: A cook prepares meals at Lakemba Red Rooster Red Rooster was founded by Peter Kailis family at Kelmscott in Western Australia in 1972, four years after KFC opened its first local restaurant at Guildford in Sydney From the start, Red Rooster’s specialty had been roast chicken but recent menu additions have seen the appearance of lamb and fish and chips All stores Daily Mail Australia visited were clean – except for one filthy men’s toilet – and operated by a small staff At Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal, Red Rooster was competing with Mad Mex and Hungry Jack’s outlets, as well as the nearby Sumo Salad, Wok On Air and NRG Express Red Rooster on busy Liverpool Rd, Summer Hill, was quiet at lunchtime when visited by Daily Mail AustraliaOne passing flight attendant convinced two colleagues to choose the chicken shop for an 11am snack ‘Do you want to get some Red Rooster before it goes?’ he said.A couple of hours later at Summer Hill, on busy Liverpool Road in Sydney’s inner-west, the young woman behind Red Rooster’s counter was not run off her feet Between 1pm and 2pm about 10 customers passed through the doors but the drive-though was doing steady business and the store also offered in-house deliveries as well as Menulog and Uber Eats The Red Rooster at Lakemba, on Canterbury Road in Sydney’s south-west, was a little busier shortly before 3pm Half a dozen customers took up some of the 10 chairs, two long tables and two booths   Red Rooster is an iconic Australian brand with a specialty in serving roast chicken