US food chain Popeyes is targeting UK customers with plans for drive-thru sites across the UK

Fried chicken company Popeyes is the latest US food chain to target UK customers with its plans to open drive-thru locations across the UK.

The chain opened in Britain in November 2021 in Westfield shopping center in East London. The Louisiana Kitchen has since emerged in areas such as Oxford, Nottingham and Gateshead.

There are now plans for further expansion in 2023, with a further 20 restaurants due to open next year, bringing the chain’s total UK locations to 31.

Popeyes is the latest US fast food giant to expand its UK base of operations, after Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Wingstop have all entered the UK market in recent years.

Croydon, Cambridge and Reading will be next to see new Popeyes opening in early 2023, according to The trainer.

The Popeyes in Westfield shopping center in east London was the first to appear in the UK in November 2021, followed by restaurants in Oxford, Nottingham and Gateshead. There are now plans for further expansion, with another 20 Popeyes restaurants set to open next year

This will be followed by Cardiff, Rotherham and Glasgow, alongside plans for new Popeyes delivery kitchens.

These will appear in Dulwich and Brent Cross, adding to existing kitchens in Maida Vale, Whitechapel, Battersea and Bermondsey.

Meanwhile, new drive-thru locations will open – the first being in Rotherham’s Parkgate shopping park.

The channel’s current Twitter bio reads, “Bringing Louisiana’s famous chicken to the UK. Stratford, Chelmsford, Romford, Gateshead, Oxford, Nottingham, Derby, Ealing.’

Speaking of the expansion, Popeyes UK CEO Tom Crowley said: ‘There’s a pattern now emerging at all of our openings with people queuing up all night to be first in line on the day of the event. ‘opening.

Taco Bell is also expanding in the UK, with the first store opening in 2010 and 150 expected to open by the end of 2022

Taco Bell is also expanding in the UK, with the first store opening in 2010 and 150 expected to open by the end of 2022

There were 26 Wingstop stores in the UK as of October 28, 2022, with England having the most stores in the UK

There were 26 Wingstop stores in the UK as of October 28, 2022, with England having the most stores in the UK

“It’s fantastic to see how well received we are across the UK.”

Speaking of plans for new drive-thru locations, he said: ‘As well as new high street restaurants and delivery kitchens, we are also very pleased to announce that in 2023 we will be opening a range of services at the flying locations, the first probably being in Rotherham at the Parkgate Shopping Park.

“Consumer demand has been high for a drive-thru since we landed in the UK, so this looks like a real milestone for us.”

US food chain Wendy's, based in places like Camden, has opened 25 restaurants in the UK since returning in 2021

US food chain Wendy’s, based in places like Camden, has opened 25 restaurants in the UK since returning in 2021

The US fast food chain is also exploring options to compete in the Australian chicken scene after hiring consultancy DC Strategy to help research its franchise.

Meanwhile, US food chain Taco Bell has also expanded in Britain – with the first UK store opening in 2010 and 150 aiming to open by the end of 2022, according to whatfranchise.com.

Taco Bell UK’s current Twitter bio reads: “Yes. There is Taco Bell in the UK.

In a recent tweet from Nov. 8, they also shared, “We have news and Chesterfield, we want to talk to YOU ​​about it!” Get ready for your new store!! Now opening November 14.’

US food chain Wendy’s has also been ambitious in its expansion plans, opening a total of 25 restaurants in the UK since returning in 2021.

Ten of these are company owned and operated in Reading, Stratford, Croydon, Oxford, Brighton, Romford, Ilford, Camden, Maidstone and Sutton – “with plans to open more company and franchise restaurants in the future,” a Wendy’s spokesperson told MailOnline.

There are also 26 Wingstop stores in the UK as of October 28, 2022 – with England having the most stores in the UK, according to the data firm ScrapeHero.

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