If all goes well with permits and approvals, Gilligan said the new restaurant should be under construction by September. Plans call for the new Popeyes to open in early 2017, he said.
Gilligan purchased the Springfield and Harrison Twp. Popeyes locations, along with five Cincinnati-area restaurants, in January.
“Popeyes is expanding all over the country, and demand for Popeyes chicken has been growing,” Gilligan said.
Popeyes had multiple locations in the Dayton area in the early 1980s, but those closed, and the region went without the Cajun-themed chicken for several years. When the Salem Avenue Popeyes opened in 2001, devotees flocked to the restaurant for several days, causing waits of up to an hour.
Popeyes’ menu includes several fried-chicken options and sides such as Red Beans and Rice, Cajun Fries and Biscuits.