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Popeyes to open its very first UK chicken shop in London

The Southern-style fast-food brand will launch this autumn

Written by
Leonie Cooper

What links the late chef Anthony Bourdain, Nicki Minaj, Migos, Kanye West and Beyoncé? No, it’s nothing to do with Nicki’s cousin’s mate in Trinidad with his supposedly swollen post-vaccine balls, but rather fast-food fandom. Specifically, they’ve all sung the praises of cult US fast-food chain Popeyes. 

Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Popeyes does Southern-style food like fried chicken, cajun fries, mac ’n’ cheese, and biscuits and gravy, and does it all pretty damn well. Handily, soon you’ll no longer have to save your cravings for such snacks for trips to the US (which are legal again from November, yay!), because Popeyes is opening its very first UK location this autumn.

Taking over the former site of KFC in Westfield Stratford City (a chicken-based wrangle for supremacy if ever there was one), the debut London Popeyes will be the first of a whole load (like, 350) of UK outlets for the cult chain. 

‘It’s fantastic to be opening our first UK location, following the months of anticipation and buzz that the news of our arrival generated,’ said Tom Crowley, CEO of Popeyes UK. ‘Our vision for our UK launch is ambitious and bold, and we felt a shared sense of purpose with Westfield Stratford City when we were on the hunt for our first restaurant.’

Speaking about plans for future openings, he added: ‘All our locations will be carefully chosen, in communities that echo the Louisianan spirit synonymous with Popeyes. We’re looking forward to unveiling our next sites in due course, and revealing more about our expansion into new locations in 2022 and beyond.’ 

See you in the food court. Make ours a 1/4lb popcorn shrimp meal deal with extra mac ’n’ cheese.

Like New Orleans food? Then try Decatur’s legendary shrimp boil.

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