30 More Branches of US-based Fried Chicken Chain Popeyes Set to Open in the UK This Year

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

A popular American fast food chain, renowned for its delicious fried chicken sandwiches, is planning to expand its presence in the UK.

With over 4,000 establishments worldwide, Popeyes made its UK debut towards the end of 2021 and presently boasts over 36 outlets, among which are five drive-thrus and seven delivery kitchens.

The chain announced it will open over 30 new sites across the country this year, with locations in Birmingham, Aberdeen, Swansea, and more.

This expansion will nearly double Popeyes' UK estate and create around 2,000 new jobs.

Popeyes fans have been eagerly awaiting the opening of two new restaurants in Ilford and Hammersmith this week.

We opened our first store in November 2021, to huge hype and acclaim, and customer appetite shows no sign of slowing down. - Tom Byng

The brand opened its first store in November 2021 to significant hype and positive reception, with no signs of slowing customer demand.

Tom Byng, chief development officer at Popeyes, expressed his excitement about the expansion plans and the growing fan base in the UK.

Asda's private equity partner, TDR Capital, recently took larger ownership in Popeyes UK, securing significant influence.

New sites under consideration for the expansion include locations like Bishop Auckland, Exeter, Glasgow Sauchiehall, Aberdeen Union Street, Nottingham, Swansea, Birmingham, and Waterloo station in London.

Popeyes, which began in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972, now has a global presence with over 3,400 restaurants spread out among 25 nations.

Other American fast food chains have also entered the UK market recently, with Wendy's and Chick-fil-A making their return and plans for expansion respectively.

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Popeyes is best known for its fried chicken sandwiches and Cajun-style flavors that have gained a devoted following both in the US and the UK.

The company has been successful in attracting customers with its unique offerings, including its popular New Orleans-inspired menu items and convenient drive-thru locations.