Richfield KFC Shutters Doors; Popeyes' Takeover Pending
Popeyes is attempting to take over more than two dozen bankrupt franchise locations, including the Richfield location.
The lights have gone out for another HUB Shopping Center tenant.
At least since Monday, Richfield's Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant has had its doors locked, fryers off and chairs put up on tables.
However, the space may not be dark for long if AFC Enterprises, the Atlanta-based parent company of Popeyes, gets its way.
As previously reported by Richfield Patch, AFC agreed to buy 14 Twin Cities KFC restaurants from a bankrupt franchisee and plans on turning the restaurants into Popeyes locations. KFC is fighting the restaurant conversions, hoping the restaurants will retain the KFC name under new management, according to Business Insider.
Currently, Popeyes has just one Twin Cities restaurant location on Lake Street in Minneapolis near Uptown. Obviously, if the deal goes through, Popeye's presence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area would be greatly increased. A total of 28 restaurants are part of the $13.8 million deal, with other outlets being in California, according to the Star Tribune.
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