The age of Louisiana-style fried chicken in Mississauga could be over.
All four of Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken locations in the area on Hurontario St., Dundas St. W., Dixie Rd. and Matheson Blvd. E., have been closed, along with four other restaurants in Oakville, Brampton, Georgetown and Milton
According to global Popeye’s spokesperson Alicia Thompson, the closures reflect the company’s termination of its franchise deal with a company that had operated all eight Popeyes restaurants.
“We’re hoping that we can get them reopened,” Thompson told YourMississaugaBiz.com by phone from New York, citing issues with the local franchisee that have prevented that from happening.
“We think they’re all strong, viable markets and they’re had a tremendous amount of support from the community.”
Thompson said the restaurants were closed in late January, and there’s no timetable for their reopening.
Founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Popeyes is the world’s second largest quick-service chicken restaurant.
The company has more than 2,000 restaurants in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands and 25 other countries. Franchisees currently operate 60 restaurants in Ontario.