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Popeyes’ first UK location revealed

The UK’s premier location for American fried chicken chain Popeyes has been revealed, and more sites will be announced soon.

Founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972, the chain rose to fame for its fried chicken and cookies. (the mushy, flaky kind, not the ones the Brits like to steep in their tea).

It currently has 3,400 restaurants in 25 countries, but is now making its UK debut with a first site in London is.

Due to open in November 2021, the Popeyes branch will be located in Westfield Stratford City, after taking over a 1,531 square foot unit in the popular shopping district center.

The brand is also expected to announce other sites in the UK in the near future.

Westfield Stratford City Shopping Center. Credit: Alamy

Tom Crowley, CEO of Popeyes UK, commented: “It is fantastic to open our first site in the UK, after months of anticipation and buzz generated by the news of our arrival.

“Our vision for our UK launch is ambitious and bold, and we felt a common goal with Westfield Stratford City when we were researching our first restaurant.

“We are convinced that they are the ideal partner to help us launch our entry into the UK market.

“All our locations will be chosen with care, in communities that echo the Louisiana spirit synonymous with Popeyes.. We look forward to unveiling our next sites in in due course, and revealing more about our expansion into new locations in 2022 and beyond. “

While Popeyes UK’s full menu has yet to be confirmed, US staples include fried chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches, and chicken fillets. and side dishes such as cookies, coleslaw, Cajun fries, mash potatoes with sauce and red beans with rice.

According to Popeyes, his chicken is “locally sourced and freshly prepared,” marinated for “at least 12 hours. in bold Louisiana seasonings, breaded and breaded by hand, then slowly cooked to perfection using a proprietary frying process ”.

Kate Orwin, UK Leasing Manager, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, sausername: “We are delighted that Popeyes will open its first UK store in Westfield Stratford City.

“Chicken is enjoyed by all ages and we are sure it will be another destination where families, friends and groups can enjoy delicious meals.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

“Westfield centers continue to attract the best and most exciting brands our customers want, and Popeyes will be another amazing addition to our diverse food and beverage offering at center. “

Tom Byng, Director of Development at Popeyes United Kingdom, added: The pandemic has accelerated the evolution of consumption habits, which has closely informed our real estate strategy in the UK.

“Our ambition is to lead with responsible and sustainable practices at the heart of everything we do, and to leave a legacy of job creation in every community in which we operate.

“This is a significant milestone for the brand and we are delighted to announce further acquisitions as we approach our opening in November.”

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