An American chicken chain submits its project to open a restaurant in the city center

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US chicken chain Popeyes could come to Glasgow, with plans to open on Sauchiehall Street.

An application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council to convert a Pound Shop into a restaurant.

The firm behind the application said the venue would make a positive contribution to Sauchiehall Street, increasing footfall in an area which has a number of vacancies.

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The plans, submitted by Savills on behalf of the Hathaway Opportunity Fund, added: “The proposal will facilitate the use of the unit by Popeyes, a high quality restaurateur, supporting and enhancing the downtown.”

Popeyes, established in 1972, is “famous for its delicious chicken with all the flavor of traditional Cajun and Creole cuisines,” according to the app.

The company is part of Restaurant Brands International Inc, which also owns Burger King and Tim Horton’s, and recently opened its first UK restaurant in London.

The plans stated: “Popeyes sees Glasgow as a key UK hub and is looking to establish a store there to help further its UK expansion.”

The property is currently occupied by Pound Shop on a temporary lease and the application says there is “little long-term security provided”. “The 2018 fire at the Victoria nightclub had a significant impact on this particular block,” the plans added.

“Following the fire, the central part of the block was demolished. Since the demolition, little progress has been made on how to redevelop and rebuild the site of the large space on Sauchiehall Street since the initial repair/demolition work was completed in 2019.

“This inaction will continue to blight this section of Sauchiehall Street and negatively impact the prospects of providing beneficial services and offerings there.”

The app added that the inaction reduced the “attractiveness of available units to potential occupants.” “This has consequently resulted in a number of vacancies along this stretch of Sauchiehall Street. These physical conditions combined with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic have exacerbated the ability to significantly attract long-term occupants who will provide an advantageous offer.

“The occupancy of this unit by Popeyes will positively contribute to this part of downtown. The implementation of the proposals will allow a significant investment, generating jobs and frequentation, all to the benefit of the vitality and the viability of the enlarged city centre.

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