Popeyes

How to Fix the 'Blind Spots' Everyone Else Sees

Chris Newcomb, cofounder, president, and CEO of Newk’s Express Café, would have called himself an understanding manager. His two co-owners, however, would have described it differently—something along the lines of too forgiving.

“They came to me and said, ‘You sure do give people a lot of chances,’” he says. “And you know what? They were right—sometimes you need to realize when a person’s just not a good fit with your company or your culture. Now I separate my employees’ personalities from their professional skills when I evaluate them from a business standpoint.”

Popeyes Franchisee to Help MDA Again

A fundraising campaign conducted by Sailormen Inc. at Popeyes restaurants in South Florida and across the Southeast will provide customers with valuable discounts while garnering support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) worldwide research and services programs.

Throughout the duration of the campaign, from February 1 to March 20, associates at participating Popeyes locations will sell coupon cards worth $30 for only $1.

Global Same-Store Sales Up 6 Percent in Popeyes' Q4

AFC Enterprises Inc., the franchisor and operator of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, reported operating results for its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter and full year, which ended December 26, and increased fiscal 2010 earnings guidance. 

Global same-store sales increased 6 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a 1 percent decrease last year. For the full year 2010, global same-store sales increased 2.6 percent compared to a 0.7 percent increase in 2009, exceeding the company’s previous guidance of positive 2 percent to 2.5 percent. 

Popeyes Opens 50th Canadian Store

PopeyesLouisiana Kitchen opened its 50th Canadian restaurant on December 8, at 35 Harvard Road, Guelph. This location represents a milestone in the aggressive growth strategy and success of the brand in Canada. 

Popeyes will continue its success in 2011 with a growth plan intensely focused on increasing market presence in Ontario. 2012 will mark the brand expansion beyond Ontario, when Popeyes restaurants will open in Quebec and Alberta. 

2010 in Review

Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson

1. BK Sold to Brazilian Investors

Becoming the decade’s biggest restaurant buyout, No. 3 burger chain Burger King Corp. was acquired by 3G Capital, a New York firm backed by Brazilian investors, for $3.3 billion in September. —BC

2. The Food Truck Obsession

Where’s the Money Now?

Many are seeing glimmers of recovery, or even making their own opportunities.

Credit flowed so freely before the recession that people in the restaurant industry often use hyperbole to describe how easy it was to get financing before the collapse.

“I could have gotten my dog a loan three years ago,” says Paul Steck, president of Saladworks.

“The perception was, anyone who can breathe can borrow,” says Mitch Jacobs, founder of On Deck Capital, a lending technology company that works extensively with restaurant operators.

Cajun Turkeys Take Flight from Popeyes

Turkeys and trimmings are just around the corner. Celebrate this holiday season with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Cajun turkeys—and what better way to bring one home to your family than free? Participating Atlanta-area Popeyes are working with local radio station V-103 to give away hundreds of Cajun Turkeys in November and December.

These Spuds Aren’t Duds

Potato fries may have originated in Europe, but Americans have certainly embraced them as their own.

After all, nearly 8 billion servings of french fries were sold in U.S. restaurants during the 12 months that ended in June, according to statistics from NPD Group, a global market research firm. That represented 15.5 percent of all restaurant orders.

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