Popeyes has occasionally been the target of political protest. In February, it was animal rights activists outside the restaurant. Here it was an earlier demonatration calling for higher minimum wages. (Photo: JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM)
Photo: Jason Getz / AJC
Photo: Jason Getz / AJC

Popeyes headquarters leaving Atlanta for Miami

Much of the leadership of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has quietly slipped out of town as the fast-food chain shifts its corporate headquarters from Atlanta to Miami.

No announcement was made, and no information was provided to the public, but only a smattering of employees remained Tuesday morning at the Popeyes corporate offices off Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody.

Some of them said they expect to lose their jobs when the transition to Miami is complete.

Some executives have been traveling back and forth between Atlanta and Miami, while some are already based there.

Repeated messages to both Popeyes and Restaurant Brands International, its parent company, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday or Tuesday were not answered.

In February 2017, Popeyes was purchased for about $1.8 billion by Restaurant Brands International, which has reported annual sales of more than $29 billion. The Canadian-based company owns more than 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.

Among the company’s brands are Tim Hortons and Burger King.

Popeyes was founded in 1972, its offerings centered on New Orleans-style fried chicken. The company had been known as AFC — for America’s Favorite Chicken — until it changed its corporate name in 2014. The chain now has about 2,700 restaurants.