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Who was the founder of Popeyes Chicken?

Updated on November 30, 2008

Al Copeland was the founder of Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits. Copeland was a real entrepreneur. He is well known for his great business sense that made him a millionaire. His lifestyle was crazy but he had a real zest for life. It is sad to say that it all had to come to an end.

Who was the founder of Popeyes Chicken

Al Copeland was born Feb 2 1944 in New Orleans. The Copelands were not a well to do family. Al did not complete high-school,at the age of 16 he started working at a local super market. Mr. Copeland sold his car in order to purchase one doughnut location from his brother. The doughnut business went very well,witch aloud him to found the Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits,in New Orleans in 1972. Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits became the third largest chicken chain. KFC being the first and Church's Chicken being second.

In 1989 Al purchased Church's Chicken. With owning both Popeyes and Church's Copeland had over 2000 locations. This became a legal problem and forced Copeland to claim bankruptcy in 1991.Even though he had to claim bankruptcy Al was able to keep Popeyes recipes and products.

Mr. Copeland was well known for his Christmas Light display.Neighbours were not so happy about it. There were traffic jams on there street.

Al had a wild lifestyle with fast cars boat racing team. Not to mention his big weddings and the beuitiful masion he lived in. Copeland lived a very busy and interesting life. In Dec 2007 he had treatment for a tumor of the salivary gland. The Treatments unfortually did not work and died March 23 2008 in Germany.

Copelands life will be remembered for many years to come.

Death of Al Copeland

Life and Legacy of Al Copeland

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