His Advice? Call Corporate Everyday

After 17 years on the corporate side of quick service, Rob Parsons stepped out of the suit, threw on a purple polo, and opened his first Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen unit in 2009. Having previously worked for the real-estate division of Popeyes and at Denny’s corporate, Parsons helped his first store hit $1 million in sales within just four months.

Tomorrow is Pay Day at Popeyes

Consumers asked and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen delivered as the brand is bringing back its popular “Pay Day” event, offering eight pieces of its Bonafide Chicken for $4.99. The one-day-only event takes place March 23 at participating Popeyes locations.

Guests will get more bang for their buck at this year’s Pay Day when they “Make it a Meal” by upsizing the offer to add one large side and four biscuits for an additional $5.

Operators Unafraid of Gas Prices—For Now

As the conflict in Libya and tragedy in Japan spike prices at the pump, are your balance sheets safe?

Despite surging gas prices in the face of global disaster and conflict, restaurant operators across the U.S. are trying to stay focused on other challenges—even though gas prices have a slew of direct and indirect impacts on the restaurant business.

“Win/Win/Win” Beverage Deal for Popeyes

Popeyes has reached a multi-year agreement with Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) that will bring Dr Pepper and Hawaiian Punch to more than 1,300 U.S. locations.

Dr Pepper, which is currently on the fountain at just over half of Popeyes’ locations, will add close to 700 new availabilities. In addition, Hawaiian Punch will be available for the first time nationally at Popeyes.

Dave Rollins, senior vice president of fountain foodservice sales for DPS, says the agreement is a win for both companies and Popeyes consumers.

Top Women in Quick Service

Meet the women leading the biggest segment in the restaurant industry.

Just last year, women crossed the 50 percent threshold in the U.S. workforce, and for the first time in history represent the majority of working Americans. Even in our own industry, more than 50 percent of restaurants are now owned by women—a statistic released by the National Restaurant Association just last month.

While women’s accomplishments in the professional and collegiate world are undeniable (for every two men earning a post-secondary degree, three women are graduating), the fact remains that only 2 percent of bosses at America’s largest companies are women.

How to Name Your Concept (and Do It Right)

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

With all due respect, I must disagree with Shakespeare on his famous quote from the play Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps names don’t matter when you’re in love, but they matter a lot in the restaurant business. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the right name can make or break a company.

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.