Popeyes® Announces Opening Date for First Ever UK Drive-Thru in Yorkshire


This May, American fried chicken restaurant Popeyes® UK is opening the doors to its first-ever drive-thru restaurant, and one lucky person will be chosen for a VIP experience as the first fan ever to go through a Popeyes® drive-thru in the UK. 

Popeyes® UK is calling out for an ultimate super-fan to be the very first to go through the new drive-thru in Rotherham, ahead of the official launch on Monday 15 May. 

The lucky winner selected for the coveted prize will be forever listed in the Popeyes® UK hall-of-fame with the opportunity to be the first ever person to go through the new drive-thru; win free Chicken Sandwiches for a whole year*; and be given exclusive Popeyes® car-themed merchandise – including never-before-seen Popeyes® dip holders and Popeyes® branded car air-fresheners.

To be the first fan through the drive-thru, entrants can sign up on the Popeyes® UK website here, with one winner chosen for the VIP experience. More giveaways will be announced closer to the launch of the Rotherham site. 

The drive-thru will then officially open its doors to the public on Monday 15 May, pulling out all the stops to showcase its Southern hospitality as it brings a taste of New Orleans to South Yorkshire. Guests are advised to get down quickly to beat the round-the-block queues which have become synonymous with Popeyes® UK restaurant launches, with diners all over the country having previously queued from as early as 10pm the night before. More giveaways are also planned for the first people through the Rotherham restaurant’s doors on opening day. 

Chicken fans will be able to experience Popeyes®’ world-famous ‘shatter crunch’ for themselves once they get their hands on the mouth-watering menu, including the iconic Popeyes® Chicken Sandwich which contains its signature 12-hour marinated chicken, and original Southern biscuits and gravy. 

Popeyes® will also be serving their brand-new breakfast menu, including the Big Breakfast Rolls [A sausage patty, egg, streaky bacon, and American cheese in a soft bun], a variety of sausage, bacon, egg and cheese muffins, cajun hash browns and their famous Louisiana buttermilk biscuits served with cinnamon sugar or Nutella.

Tom Crowley, CEO at Popeyes® UK, said: “We’re hugely excited to be opening our first Drive-Thru in the UK. This is a critical format for us as we fully recognise the UK is underserved with exciting new brands opening in this space.  The sustained demand we are seeing for Popeyes throughout the UK is incredible, we are confident that this will only increase with the launch of our Drive-Thru restaurants of which we now have many in the pipeline for 2023 and into 2024.

The new store, located at Parkgate Shopping Centre in Rotherham, adds to Popeyes® UK’s portfolio of 17 restaurants across the country. The plans for the drive-thru include seating indoors and outside, a dual-ordering lane to reduce expected vehicle queues, and a car park for fans who would like to eat inside the 104-seat restaurant. 

Popeyes® UK’s Rotherham drive-thru will open at Parkgate Shopping Centre, Stadium Way, Parkgate, Rotherham S60 1TG at 11am on Monday 15 May. To find out more about the new restaurant launch, head to the Popeyes® UK website at https://popeyesuk.com/restaurants/rotherham or follow the brand on Instagram at @PopeyesUK. 

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