We routinely ask listeners about restaurants and businesses they’d want to see open in Rochester and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is always one of the most popular responses. Naturally, a lot of people were excited when we learned the spicy chicken chain was finally going to open a spot here in the Med-City.

The first restaurant was going to be built on a lot located on the northside of 55th Street NW right across from the Walmart shopping district. And last May, we learned there could be a second Popeye’s being built near the former Toys R Us. To date, both lots are empty.  So, what’s going on?  I reached out to the Media Relations Team at Popeyes and their responses didn’t inspire any confidence about the future of the fast-food chain in Rochester.

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Rumors began swirling in January of 2021 so I reached out for confirmation and got a quick response from the Popeyes team. I was told the new restaurant would be open by the end of the year.

Thanks for reaching out. This Popeyes location is currently slated to be opened in Q4 of this year.

Best regards,

The Popeyes Media Team

The Hamilton Real Estate Group even shared the picture below which shows the NW Rochester lot marked with a Popeyes logo.

Hamilton Real Estate
Hamilton Real Estate

Then in October, I started receiving messages from listeners saying the restaurants weren't going to open at all, so again, I contacted the Media Team at Popeyes.

"Good morning,

I was wondering if you could provide an update for me.  Is Popeye's opening in Rochester in Q4?  We've received some messages from readers saying it might not open at all. 
Any update would be appreciated."

This time there was no response.

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I followed up on November 17th and asked for an updated opening date. It took a full month, but I did receive a reply this time.

"Thank you for taking the time to write us in regards to the Rochester MN location, and I apologize for the delayed response."

The email I got back said: "We currently do not have this information to share" and included a link to the Popeyes Store Locator: www.popeyes.com/store-locator"

I was hoping for something more specific, so I reached out again seeking more information, but I haven't received anything yet.

So did Popeyes pull the plug on Rochester? I'm not sure because I can't seem to get a straight answer, but all signs point to yes.

It's been over a year since we learned that Popeyes was coming to Rochester, and there hasn’t been any progress. This is what the lot in NW Rochester looks like today:

TSM Rochester
TSM Rochester

There also isn't anything going up at the rumored site near the former Toys R Us. Chat with us on our app or send me an email if you have any additional information.

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