KFC is hoping to open a new branch in Stanway which could create up to 50 jobs.
The fast food outlet, which also wants to open a second store in Ipswich Road, Colchester, in addition to its High Street one, has confirmed it is looking for a third site.
A KFC spokesman said: “We'd love to open a restaurant in Stanway to satisfy demand from our fans in the area.
“A new store would create approximately 40-50 career opportunities.
“We're currently looking for a suitable location, and hope to have some good news in the future."
The company had previously put in planning permission to open a new store on land to the west of the Tollgate Retail Park, Stanway.