Popeyes Louisiana Fried Chicken has constructed a new franchise here in Kilgore at 745 Highway 259 North, near Brookshires. As the sign says, the expected opening date is next Tuesday, August 11. Popeyes was founded in the New Orleans area in 1972 by Alvin C. Copeland, and was named not after the famous cartoon character, but after Detective Popeye Doyle, a character played by Gene Hackman in the film “The French Connection.” The franchise offers fried chicken in various forms, as well as shrimp and red beans and rice.

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