A huge chicken chain could be opening near Bury after it revealed rapid expansion plans to almost double in a move that will create around 2,000 jobs.

A Popeyes could be opening close to the borough this year after plans for a store on Bury New Road, Greater Manchester, were announced today.

The exact location of the store on Bury New Road is yet to be confirmed and Popeyes have been contacted for more information.

The brand, best known for its fried chicken sandwiches, said it will open more than 30 new sites across the UK in the next 12 months.

Popeyes, which has more than 4,000 restaurants globally, expanded from the US into the UK in late 2021.

Bury Times: Popeyes expanded into the UK for the first time 2021

The quick-service restaurant chain has since grown to include 36 locations, including five drive-thru sites, and employ 2,300 workers.

This week, the company will open new sites in Ilford and Hammersmith in London.

Tom Byng, chief development officer at Popeyes, said: “We opened our first store in November 2021, to huge hype and acclaim, and customer appetite shows no sign of slowing down.

“To date, we’ve opened 38 locations up and down the country, and converted legions of fried chicken fans to Popeyes.

“We’re excited to be giving even more people their first taste of New Orleans as we double our estate in 2024.

“We’re particularly proud of our geographical spread of expansion, including our first ever travel hub restaurant in Waterloo station, which will be fuelling hungry travellers with great food and a dose of the famous New Orleans spirit.”

It comes two weeks after TDR Capital, the private equity firm that part-owns Asda, increased its shareholding to take effective control of Popeyes UK.

The chicken spot opened its first Manchester site on Piccadilly Gardens in October and could be opening a store close to or within the borough.

Locations for its new restaurants and delivery kitchens include:

– Bishop Auckland
– Exeter
– Bury New Road, Greater Manchester
– Glasgow Sauchiehall
– Aberdeen, Union Street
– Nottingham
– Swansea
– Birmingham
– Waterloo station, London