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Popeyes Announces Sandwich Return Date With a Side of Chick-fil-A Pummeling

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Fried chicken sandwich on a bun, sitting atop a wrapper.
Popeyes: “The Sandwich is back.”
Photo: Popeyes

Popeyes announces sandwich return date with a dig at Chick-fil-A

After reports that the famed Popeyes chicken sandwich would return to newly staffed-up locations sometime in early November, there’s now an exact date: November 3.

In a video shared on Twitter, the chain highlights the fact that November 3 is a Sunday — the day of the week that rival chicken chain Chick-fil-A is famously closed, in keeping with Chick-fil-A’s religious roots. It’s another callback to the beginning of this sandwich frenzy, when Popeyes and Chick-fil-A sniped at each other on Twitter as fans of the respective chains contributed to the escalating mayhem with memes and jokes that only helped draw publicity to the sandwich.

I’m sure reactions to this reignited rivalry, which is definitely not a manufactured marketing scheme designed to inflame fans’ passion and increase sales at both chains, will be extremely calm and rational.

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