GPS Hospitality is expanding its portfolio with the addition of the popular fried chicken restaurant, Popeyes. The hospitality company is a BURGER KING and Popeyes franchisee, operating 229 restaurants in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The restaurant franchisee began acquiring over 220 BURGER KING restaurants across nine states in less than four years. With the expansion into the restaurant industry, GPS Hospitality acquires seven Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen restaurants throughout metro Atlanta along with plans to develop new restaurants throughout the Atlanta area and in West Virginia.
Popeyes is the world’s second largest quick-service chicken concert and is known for its bonafied fried chicken and Southern comfort food, including seafood, biscuits, cole slaw, mashed potatoes, cajun fries
“Popeyes is a brand that has high consumer recognition and continues to gain momentum in achieving great results. They have a solid plan in place for continued growth and we’re excited to join their team and do our part to help them achieve their goals,” said Tom Garrett, CEO of GPS Hospitality. “Our shared beliefs that the people make the brand plus their dedication to creating a culture of leaders aligns closely with GPS’ core values. We truly look forward to working with Popeyes’ CEO Cheryl Bachelder and her exceptional management team.”
“Popeyes has immense development potential and we’re ready to hit the ground running,” said Curt Oxyer, District Operator for GPS Hospitality. “The proven success GPS has achieved with BURGER KING restaurants, especially in instituting our values of Goal Focused, People Oriented and Service Obsessed, gives us a great foundation for success with the Popeyes brand.”
The purchase marks the first agreement between Popeyes and GPS Hospitality, which has attracted acclaim across the Quick Service Restaurant industry for using its goal-focused and talent-oriented approach to franchise management to rapidly become one of the largest BURGER KING franchisees in the U.S.