According to this article in the Savage Pacer, Minneapolis isn’t going to have a Popeye’s monopoly on people taking cabs from Burnsville any longer (1:25 in the video above–still as hilarious as ever). That’s right, Popeye’s Fried Chicken is coming to Savage (as well as 13 other metro locations) and taking over the closed KFC location at the corner of CR-42 and MN-13!
From the article:
Earlier this year, a KFC franchisee who owned 14 stores in Minnesota went bankrupt and sold the buildings to Popeyes. KFC tried to block the sale, preferring to keep the stores as KFC franchises, and even came through with a last-minute bid that was higher than Popeyes. However, the bankrupt franchisee’s main creditor, GE Capital, preferred the smaller Popeyes offer because of trust issues with KFC.
According to a report by the Star Tribune, Popeyes chief financial officer Mel Hope said he hopes that the 14 new Popeyes in Minnesota, which will also include locations in Hopkins and Bloomington, will open within the next four months.
I have to admit that I have never been, and will never be, a fast-food fried chicken fan. I much prefer to cook it the way it was intended: in a cast iron skillet on the stovetop. That said, it’s clear from that video from a few years ago, people in Minnesota are willing to go so far as to take a $30 one-way cab ride from Burnsville to get a couple of pieces of fried chicken for the same price they could get it from Cub on any given day so it must be fantastic.
What do you think? If a local 14-store KFC franchise went under do you think Popeyes would make it instead? Are you going to be waiting in lines up and down CR-42 and MN-13 behind cabs from Faribault to get a taste of Popeye’s when it opens up sometime in the future? Whatever you have to say about this one, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts–and whether you took a cab from Burnsville to read this post.