New chicken drive-through restaurant sees fans queue 19 hours for grand opening

Chicken lovers from across Gloucester queued for over 19 hours for the much-anticipated opening of the new Popeyes
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Chicken enthusiasts from all over Gloucester queued for more than 19 hours in anticipation of the grand opening of the new Popeyes Gloucester Drive Thru restaurant at St Oswalds Retail Park on Monday morning (July 8). Fans eager to be the first to sample the renowned Popeyes menu, began arriving by car and on foot from 4pm on Sunday, July 7, a full 19 hours before the restaurant's doors opened at 11am.

The drive-thru queue was an impressive 19 cars deep, with people camping overnight and queues extending out of the retail park and up to the roundabout. Toby West, Connor O' Grady and Morgan Withers were the first to arrive after queuing overnight to get their hands on a free Chicken Sandwich, even walking 1.5 hours to reach the new store.

Ahead of the grand opening, Popeyes had said the first 25 customers of the restaurant would get free chicken sandwiches. While the first three lucky people on foot and the first three vehicles in the queue will receive free Chicken Sandwiches for a year

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A new Popeyes drive-through restaurant has opened in Gloucester
A new Popeyes drive-through restaurant has opened in Gloucester

Famed for the Chicken Sandwich that 'broke the internet' when it launched in the US in 2019, Popeyes uses 100% fresh chicken, marinated for 12 hours in the bold and flavourful Cajun seasonings of Louisiana. The menu, which aims to bring a taste of New Orleans to Gloucester, also includes Hot Wings and Tenders, as well as original Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and Cajun Rice.

This brand-new restaurant is Popeyes 18th location opening since the beginning of 2024, with another 14 locations set to open this year. The Gloucester location has created 80 jobs for the local area.

Following the successful opening day, Popeyes Gloucester will introduce their breakfast menu from tomorrow (Tuesday, July 9). The 'Brekkie' menu, which launched across the UK this year, features British breakfast classics with a New Orleans twist, such as the Big Cajun Roll, Cajun Hash Browns, and indulgent Nutella-topped Buttermilk Biscuits.

Breakfast will be served until 11am daily, and includes a Bacon Roll Meal for £1.99. This consists of a Bacon Roll, a hash brown and a drink.

The new restaurant is now officially open
The new restaurant is now officially open

Tom Crowley, CEO at Popeyes UK, said: “We are delighted with the turnout and popularity of the new Popeyes Gloucester drive thru in St Oswalds Retail Park. The response to our opening has been incredible to see.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming people from across Gloucester and hope to become a regular stop-off for those working and living in the area.”

Jason Robinson, Senior Destination Manager for St Oswalds Retail Park, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Popeyes to St Oswalds. The retail park already has a fantastic food offering, and Popeyes is set to add something new to the mix, giving shoppers and local residents more great-tasting choice.”

Popeyes Gloucester is located in St Oswalds Retail Park, St Oswalds Rd, Gloucester GL1 2SG. The restaurant offers over 106 seats for guests to dine in, a drive-thru, or guests can takeaway or order online for collection. Open daily from 8am to 10pm.

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