US chicken shop chain Popeyes has confirmed that it will open its first UK store at Westfield Stratford City in November 2021.
The restaurant group will be taking a 1,531 sq ft unit in Westfield Stratford City formerly occupied by KFC, as the shopping centre looks to upgrade its food court offering.
Popeyes’ launch into the UK market is expected to create hundreds of new jobs, spanning operational roles in construction, supply chain and distribution as well as provide a direct boost to the UK hospitality sector.
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.”
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.
“Westfield centres continue to attract the best and most exciting brands that our customers want, and Popeyes will be another incredible addition to our diverse food and drink offering at the centre.”