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Popeyes Chicken Coming Soon to Richfield

The former KFC restaurant will soon become a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

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It's official. Richfield will soon be home to a Popeyes restaurant.

Popeyes, the second largest fried chicken chain in the country, acquired 14 bankrupt francise KFC locations in Minnesota—including Richfield's—this past November, despite KFC's attempts to keep them under its brand. A bankruptcy judge cleared the sale of the locations, even though KFC itself backed a higher bid for the Twin Cities restaurants, according to a Star Tribune article.

The remodel of the Richfield location is underway. According to Kelsey Schmitt, a Popeyes communications specialist, the old KFC is being converted and will open in the near future. An exact opening date has not been set. The other 13 restaurants will also be converted soon, if the process is not already underway.

Currently, Popeyes has just one Twin Cities restaurant location on Lake Street in Minneapolis near Uptown. A total of 27 restaurants were part of the $13.8 million acquistion, with the other restaurant outlets being in northern California. Twenty-six will be converted and the other will be sold.

Richfield Patch will update readers as more information on the opening becomes available.

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Kirsten January 09, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Gee, more fast food. Just what we need. Yuck. :(
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Well, technically it's not more fast food. It's just getting a new name. :) But, yes. It would be great if Richfield got some unique, non-chain places in the near future. Fingers crossed for a sushi place at the Lyndale Station or Lyndale Gardens development!
Kirsten January 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I agree!
Juniper January 12, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I would die for something as good as Anchor Fish n Chips to come to Richfield. They do fantastic food well worth the drive from Richfield to get there :)
gg April 05, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I'd like see jack in the box or in out burger.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) April 06, 2013 at 12:16 AM
I've never had Jack in the Box, but I would definitely not argue with an In and Out Burger joint. However, Richfield already has a ton of chains ...
Kay Nelson August 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM
When is it ever going to open?

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