The Popeyes franchise is a quick-service restaurant (QSR) that specializes in the sale of fried chicken and seafood. It is also known as “Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen” since it distinguishes itself with a unique “Louisiana” style menu that features spicy chicken, chicken tenders, biscuits, fried shrimp and other seafood, red beans and rice. The brand's restaurants are located in many different communities and in a variety of styles, including free-standing buildings, store-front locations, and mall locations, in urban and suburban locations. A Popeyes Restaurant may feature a walk-in format, drive-thru, sit-down, or some combination of these types of formats. Popeyes is a part of Restaurant Brands International Inc., which also owns Burger King and Tim Hortons. With more than 3,500 franchise units, Popeyes is one of the leading brands in the Fast Food industry and has been operating on the market since 1972. Currently, the company has locations in the U.S., Canada, and more than 30 other countries in the world.

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Popeyes Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


The fast food industry is a billion dollar business that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs. America's quick service restaurants (QSRs) are some of the most beloved and recognizable in the world. These include McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and Popeyes, the company responsible for the chicken sandwich that started the "Chicken War." If you are looking to franchise with Popeyes, the initial franchise fee is $ 423,800 to $ 2,620,800 for a new Free-Standing Restaurant, and for a new Inline Restaurant, this cost goes in the range of $ 383,500 to $ 1,254,800. This financial calculation includes an initial fee that is $ 50,000 regardless of which type of facility is started. Also, it is possible to buy an existing Popeyes franchise from another franchisee.

Additionally, the so-called ” second-hand ” franchises are very affordable. Opening this kind of restaurant is much easier in comparison because the investor buys a turnkey business that is ready to make money immediately after the franchise transfer is closed. As mentioned above, the cost of a Popeyes franchise will depend primarily on the type of location that investors choose.The more affordable option is to start an Inline Restaurant. Higher starting cost has Popeyes Free Standing franchises, either as a single purpose or a single-tenant building; however, these cost predictions do not include the expense of leasing Real Estate or the expense of building a new facility. Also, the franchisee must find the location of the new franchise and apply for the site review process. Look into becoming a Popeyes franchise, as it can change your life.


Company Details

Established: 1972 
Franchised units: 3,500+ 
Canada Franchises: Yes
International Franchises: No

Support and Training Offered By Popeyes

Proven operational and marketing systems
Dedicated regional operations and marketing support
Proven local and regional advertising expertise
Available multi-unit opportunities
Management training programs
Standardized and alternative restaurant design concepts including: freestanding, endcap, in-line, malls, walk-up, contract food service, etc.
Site selection, development, design and construction support
Specialized and dedicated restaurant opening support and training

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Popeyes Franchise.

What does a Popeyes Franchise Cost?

Popeyes franchise fees for 2022:

Initial Franchise Fee: $50,000
Total Investment: $423,800 to $2,620,800
Working Capital: $20,000 to $30,000
Ad Royalty Fee 5% of gross sales

Is Popeyes a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Popeyes is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Popeyes a Home Based franchise?

No. Popeyes is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Popeyes Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Popeyes franchisees make. Popeyes offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Popeyes Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Popeyes franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Does Popeyes Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

Yes. Popeyes franchise does work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Popeyes Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Popeyes franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Popeyes Looking for International franchisees?

No. Popeyes franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Popeyes Franchises for Sale

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