Fried chicken chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is creating a host of new jobs by bringing a taste of the American South to the Metrocentre.
The quick-service business is set to open in the Metrocentre’s lower yellow mall, joining the shopping and entertainment complex’s other restaurants later this summer, serving tasty treats that have been wowing American crowds since opening. 50 years ago. Popeyes, which launched in New Orleans, offers an entire Southern States menu including spicy chicken, chicken tenderloins, fried shrimp, red beans and rice, strawberry and cheese pie cream and other regional treats. It also says it’s the world’s largest quick-service chicken concept restaurant, with more than 3,450 restaurants worldwide in 2020.
A number of celebrities are also known to be fans of the company’s chicken treats, including singer Justin Bieber, rapper Cardi B and reality TV star Kylie Jenner. News of Popeyes’ plans for the Metrocentre in Gateshead comes as the company accelerates its UK expansion, having made its UK debut late last year, at a former KFC site in Westfield Stratford .
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Other restaurants are set to open in Chelmsford, Romford, Glasgow and the chain plans to have a huge portfolio of 350 UK restaurants, with further sites currently in the works in Clapham, Oxford, Reading and Cambridge.
The Metrocentre’s upcoming opening was tracked on the mall’s website, and a large sign in the complex was also displayed with the Popeyes logo, reading, “Hey Gateshead, y’all ready for this?” »
Popeyes also announced a number of job opportunities for the Metrocentre base, including full-time crew members, shift supervisors, and full-time and part-time hospitality and hospitality roles. rear residence.
The American chain is one of many global businesses looking to establish a foothold in the UK, including Wendy’s Burgers and Jollibee – which drew huge queues when it opened in Newcastle city center l year – alongside expanding local names such as Slim Chickens.
Ben Cox of Sovereign Centros, Senior Asset Manager for Metrocentre, said: “We are delighted that cult US restaurant brand Popeyes has chosen Metrocentre for its first UK restaurant outside the South East. This is another fantastic addition to our shopping centers and once again demonstrates the strength of the centre’s leisure and dining offering, as well as its popularity with major international brands.
“H beauty by Harrods and JD Sports are set to open flagship stores in June and we have a series of exciting new rentals to announce in the coming months.”