US food chain Popeyes announces first UK location – with more on the horizon

American fried chicken chain Popeyes is finally coming to the UK and the first location has been revealed.

The joint was founded in New Orleans back in 1972 and it's become famous for its fried chicken and biscuits.

Currently there are 3,400 restaurants of its kind across 25 countries, but now it's making its debut in the UK.

Londoners will be happy to know the first site is coming to the east of the capital in Westfield Stratford City.

Due to open in November 2021, the Popeyes branch has taken over a 1,531sq ft unit in the shopping centre.

And the best news of it all is that the brand is expected to announce further sites in the UK imminently.

Tom Crowley, CEO of Popeyes UK, said: "It's fantastic to be opening our first UK location, following the months of anticipation and buzz that the news of our arrival generated.

"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.

"We are confident that they are the perfect partner to help us kick-start our entry into the UK market.

"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."

While the full menu for Popeyes UK hasn't been confirmed yet, in the US there's signature fried chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, coleslaw, Cajun fries and so much more.

According to Popeyes, its chicken is "locally sourced and freshly prepared", then marinated for "at least 12 hours in bold Louisiana seasonings, hand battered and breaded, then slow cooked to perfection using a proprietary frying process".

Kate Orwin, leasing director UK, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, added: "We're delighted that Popeyes will be opening its first UK store at Westfield Stratford City.

"Chicken is beloved across all ages and we're sure that it will be another destination where families, friends, and groups can enjoy delicious meals."

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Tom Byng, chief development officer at Popeyes UK, continued: "The pandemic has accelerated changing consumer habits, and this has closely informed our UK real estate strategy.

"Our ambition is to lead with responsible, sustainable practices at the heart of all we do, and leave a legacy of jobs creation in each community that we open up in.

"This is a major milestone for the brand and we are excited to announce further acquisitions in the run-up to our November opening."

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