Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
IndustryRestaurants
GenreFast food
FoundedArabi, Louisiana
(June 12, 1972 (1972-06-12))
HeadquartersSandy Springs, Georgia, US
Key peopleAl Copeland
ProductsFried chicken
Cajun cuisine
Seafood
Vegetables
Biscuits
Revenue$167 Million (2007)[1]
Owner(s)AFC Enterprises
Websitepopeyes.com
 
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
IndustryRestaurants
GenreFast food
FoundedArabi, Louisiana
(June 12, 1972 (1972-06-12))
HeadquartersSandy Springs, Georgia, US
Key peopleAl Copeland
ProductsFried chicken
Cajun cuisine
Seafood
Vegetables
Biscuits
Revenue$167 Million (2007)[1]
Owner(s)AFC Enterprises
Websitepopeyes.com

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is a chain of fried chicken fast food restaurants founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Often referred to as Popeyes and sometimes as Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits[2] or Popeyes Chicken & Seafood,[citation needed] It was acquired by Sandy Springs, Georgia-based AFC Enterprises, originally America's Favorite Chicken Company, in 1993.

According to a company press release dated June 29, 2007, Popeyes is the second-largest "quick-service chicken restaurant group, measured by number of units",[3] with more than 1,800 restaurants in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia, and over 22 countries worldwide including Turkey, Northern Cyprus, Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, Iraq, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait,[4] United Arab Emirates, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname, Mexico, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Vietnam, Panama and Costa Rica. About thirty locations are company-owned, the rest franchised.[5]

History[edit]

Early logo prior to 2008.
Popeyes restaurant in Houston, Texas, United States

Popeyes Mighty Good Fried Chicken was first opened in Arabi, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish, on June 12, 1972 as "Chicken on the Run",[6] owned by Al Copeland. As the company's official history states, they sold "traditional mild fried chicken [but] business was slow, and the chicken team realized they'd have to sell a spicier alternative to their standard chicken recipe if they wanted to impress flavor-seeking New Orleanians.

Copeland started franchising his restaurant in 1976, beginning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and over the next ten years added approximately five hundred outlets. B.P. Newman of Laredo, Texas, acquired various franchises in Texas and surrounding states. Two hundred additional locations were added during a period of slower expansion. In 1989, Popeyes, then the third-largest chicken chain, merged with Church's Chicken, the second largest,[7] though parent company AFC Enterprises operated the two chains separately. On December 29, 2004, AFC sold Church's to Arcapita, formerly Crescent Capital Investments, retaining Popeyes.

Name[edit]

Copeland claimed he named the stores after the fictional detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the movie The French Connection[8][9] and not the comic character Popeye the Sailor. Copeland would claim facetiously that he was "too poor" to afford an apostrophe.[8] The chain later acquired rights to use Popeye the Sailor for marketing. The company's early brand became deeply tied to the comic character with its sponsorship of the "Popeye & Pals" children's show in New Orleans, and the character appeared on items from packaging to racing boats.

In late November 2012, AFC announced the mutual termination of their licensing contract with King Features Syndicate, effectively ending their association with the Popeye characters.[10]

Products[edit]

Popeyes mild chicken

Popeyes serves chicken dishes in mild and spicy flavors and offers sides such as Red Beans and Rice, Cajun fries, mashed potatoes with Cajun-style gravy and Cajun rice. As well as fried chicken, other entree items include a chicken-and-sausage jambalaya and po' boy sandwiches. Most combo meals come with a side order, drink, and a biscuit.

On October 30, 2006, AFC announced that Popeyes planned to introduce a trans fat-free biscuit as well as french fries containing one gram of trans fat by year-end.[11]

On November 18, 2011 AFC announced that Popeyes is releasing a Fried Turducken sandwich that will show off the first ever Turducken patty just for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On July 29, 2013 AFC in conjunction with their Popeyes brand, released a special entree of fried chicked strips dipped in waffle batter, which was already a proven success in some markets.[12]

Style and marketing[edit]

Coleslaw from Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits restaurant

The restaurants have a distinctive red-and-yellow color scheme. The original and other older locations had a black lava rock exterior with a red shingled roof. Most older locations have covered the rock exterior to conform with the current yellow stucco appearance.

TV and radio ads often use New Orleans-style music, along with the trademark Love That Chicken jingle[13] sung by New Orleans funk and R&B musician Dr. John.

In 2009, Popeyes introduced "Annie the Chicken Queen", a sassy, fictitious Popeyes chef who "tells it like it is". The character is meant to be "honest, vibrant, youthful and authentic" according to Dick Lynch, Popeyes Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone has a relative or a good friend who will give it to them straight, and that’s what Annie is all about,” Lynch said.[14]

Number of franchises[edit]

Popeyes maintains a "Hall of Fame" of its franchise holders. Among the inductees is Morgan W. Walker, Jr. (1928–2008), originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, who held a franchise in the Washington, D.C., area from 1979 to 2007. Some international franchises, such as the ones located in Germany, France and Japan, are only located on U.S. military installations and are generally not accessible to the local civilian public.

YearUSCanadaOutside US & CanadaCompany-owned
20031,3242032095
20041,3822834767
20051,4272831556
20061,4593130650
20071,5073427661
20081,5273930155
20091,5394232537
20101,5334233337
Source: Entrepreneur.com[15]

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