Popeyes is a wholly owned subsidiary of AFC Enterprises, Inc.
Popeye’s was founded by Al Copeland in 1972 as Chicken on the Run. The first restaurant was located in Arabi, Louisiana. After initially losing money, Copeland changed the recipe to a spicier blend and re-opened the restaurant as Popeyes Mighty Good Fried Chicken.
In 1976, the first franchise location opened in Baton Rouge.
By 1986, there were 500 restaurants in the chain.
In 1989, Popeyes merged with Church’s Chicken under the AFC Enterprises umbrella company. AFC sold Church’s in 2004.
In 2008, founder Al Copeland died.
Today, the company operates over 1800 restaurants in 40 US states and 22 countries worldwide. They are the second largest chicken fast food restaurant in the world.