An American fried chicken chain will open its first branch in Oxfordshire this autumn, following a successful launch in London.

Popeyes will open at 36 – 37 Queen Street in Oxford, in the unit previously used by Paperchase.

Popeyes was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972 and has already opened UK sites in Stratford, Bermondsey and Whitechapel.

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Popeyes Stratford is now the highest-performing Popeyes restaurant in the world –  out of 3,600 restaurants – after only opening less than half a year ago.

Following this success, the brand has stepped up its expansion in the UK and will now open branches in Reading, Gateshead, Nottingham, Ealing and Brighton, alongside Oxford.  

Oxford Mail: After success in London, the brand has stepped up its expansionAfter success in London, the brand has stepped up its expansion

Tom Crowley, CEO at Popeyes UK, said: “From north to south, we’re building communities of chicken lovers across the country.

“We’re beyond proud to bring our world-famous Louisiana chicken to fans all over the UK, and give them a real taste of Southern US hospitality. 

“It’s such an exciting time for the brand, and we have even bigger plans in the works; we’re dedicating a lot of focus currently to our rollout of drive-throughs alongside our strong pipeline of sit-down restaurants.

Oxford Mail: Popeyes was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972Popeyes was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972

“Accelerating our UK growth strategy in this way enables us to provide a much-needed jobs boost to the hospitality economy across both construction and hospitality roles.

“Across these six sites, we’re expecting to provide 600 employment opportunities, and we’re already eyeing our next raft of locations with announcements due imminently.”


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