Chicken chain Popeyes to open 350 UK restaurants

Chicken chain Popeyes to open 350 UK restaurants

Fried chicken chain Popeyes has announced plans to open 350 restaurants in the UK in the next decade, with Northern Ireland a likely venue for many outlets.

The US chain, which plans to launch its first UK restaurant by the end of 2021, already runs 3,400 restaurants globally

Popeyes rolled out its brand into Spain and Switzerland over the past two years but said it sees the UK as its “next big opportunity” for growth.

Elias Diaz Sese, co-founder of Popeyes UK, said: “We are very pleased to launch Popeyes, a brand that has brought moments of celebration to guests globally, something we believe is important more now than ever.

“It allows us to contribute in hardship moments for the country by creating hundreds of career opportunities.

“We truly aspire to become an employer of reference for big-hearted talent through care, service and supporting the neighbourhoods in which we operate’’.

David Shear, President International of RBI, added: “We are excited to announce that we are going to be bringing the Popeyes brand to the UK.

“Popeyes has established itself as an international brand, famed for the creation of authentic, Louisiana-inspired fried chicken products

“Our UK launch will build on other successful international expansions in Spain, Switzerland, China, the Philippines and most recently in Sri Lanka.

‘Alternative product’

“We are confident that our UK guests will love their fried chicken from Popeyes and we look forward to offering an alternative product in a major international market that we believe is ripe for disruption. We can’t wait to get started!”

Andreas Hacker, CEO of RIH in Scandinavia and the UK, said: “We are extremely proud to bring this beloved brand to the United Kingdom.

“We want to become the first choice for chicken in the country by serving our guests fresh and locally sourced chicken, offering the iconic tastes and joy of Popeyes through a rich in-store and digital experience.”