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NZ's first Popeyes Chicken store opening date has finally been revealed and we are ready
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NZ's first Popeyes Chicken store opening date has finally been revealed and we are ready

They'll have a special menu for opening week and a bunch of prizes up for grabs.

UPDATE: We now know that Popeyes will be opening at 10am on April 29th, and they're expecting massive queues at 106 Great South Road in Takinini on the day. Apparently, there will be a bunch of prizes, and they're offering special menu items that will only be available during the first week.

Kiwis will have a new option for fast food nights.

Popeyes and their viral chicken sandwich will be opening up in Takanini, Auckland come April, with plans to get 10 more up and running by the end of 2024, 1News reports. 

If you didn’t know, they specialise in Louisiana-style fried chicken, which means they marinate their chicken in a mixture of spices and seasonings for 12 hours (and they love their cajun). Popeyes also serve biscuits (which are more like scones than cookies), mac and cheese and seafood, but it’s currently unknown how much of their US menu will carry over to the NZ one. 

In 2019, their Chicken Sandwich went extremely viral because it was apparently so, so so good. All it contains is fried chicken, pickles and mayonnaise or spicy Cajun spread between brioche buns. 

Sharn Phillips, Popeyes New Zealand’s Head of Marketing, says it will be available once they open up here. 

“The Chicken Sandwich that broke the internet will finally be ready for Kiwis to try themselves. Our vision is to bring the heart and soul of our world-renowned recipes to Kiwis, through passionate teams and tasty food.”

James Mclauchlan, Popeyes New Zealand’s General Manager, says construction of the Takanini spot is well underway, they’re looking to hire some staff, and they just can’t wait to open up. 

I will 100% be trying it out because I can’t get enough of chicken burgers (who knows why they call it a sandwich?). However, they do have their work cut out for them as a list of the 100 best dishes in Auckland came out and they all look AMAZING. 

Kiwis can't get enough of KFC, so Popeyes will have to come out HOT if they want to take the fried chicken crown.