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Popeyes Fried Chicken is now in Whitechapel and will soon land in Battersea

The American fried chicken chain Popeye’s Louisianan Kitchen has begun its ambitious British expansion plans with one delivery site recently landed in Whitechapel and another planned for a location in south London.

Propel Hospitality reports that the store recently opened a so-called “dark kitchen” with Deliveroo in east London, with another, also with the delivery nozzle, soon launched in Battersea in the south of the city. The Whitechapel location, which serves the Hackney area, has a limited menu with two sandwich options, french fries, dips and drinks.

Eater contacted Popeyes representatives for details on each launch and upcoming plans, but did not immediately receive a response.

Popeyes made his UK debut at London’s Westfield Stratford Mall in November, attracting huge crowds for his highly hyped and relatively cheap fried chicken sandwiches, french fries, mash and cajun sauce and ice cream sundaes with toppings as speculoos. It came after the launch announcement in the spring of 2021, where the company, whose UK division is headed by Tom Crowley, said it was targeting 350 sites over the next 10 years. Popeyes operates nearly 3,500 locations in over two dozen countries internationally.

Propel also reported that Popeyes has used the UK market to launch its first vegan food, “a Creole red bean sandwich with a 100 percent plant-based red bean patty.”

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