Popeyes Sold Out Of Its Chicken Sandwich, But What Are The Larger Implications?


If you haven’t eaten Popeyes new Chicken Sandwich yet, you’ve probably at the least tried to. Whether you didn’t score a sandwich because your local Popeyes sold out or you saw a line wrapped around the block and decided that a burger sounded just as good, you’ve no doubt been thinking about chicken sandwiches way more than you’ve ever expected to this week.

Well, the hype for Popeyes new menu item has finally reached it’s breaking point — as the company has just announced that they’re officially tapped out… for now at least. If you haven’t had the sandwich yet, you can pretty much kiss any chance of trying it this month or the next goodbye. While you may be able to find a few sandwiches floating around here and there (or pick up one for $1000 from Quavo), it looks like Popeyes will have to go from affixing make-shift “sold out” signs to their stores to printing out something more official.

Along with the announcement on Twitter, Popeyes has said the quickest way to be alerted of when the sandwich goes back on sale is to download the app, but given the buzz, we’re sure you’re going to hear about it whether you’re trying to or not.

In a statement to Delish, the company thanked their loyal fans and explained that the popularity of the sandwich even exceeded their own expectations, “The demand for the new Chicken Sandwich in the first few weeks following launch far exceeded our very optimistic expectations. In fact, Popeyes aggressively forecasted demand through the end of September and has already sold through that inventory.”

The back-patting is nice, but maybe Popeyes should kick some appreciation towards their diligent workers — who’ve had one hell of a week dealing with the demand. Having been on the ground floor during the hype, I saw the stress build up in an entire Popeyes staff as they dealt with what seemed like an endless line and struggled to keep a rabid fan base appeased.

Meanwhile, other concerns about the brand and its sourcing have bubbled up in the progressive food media. We’ve already discussed in detail the questionable ethics behind where Popeyes chicken comes from, and many think pieces since the sandwich’s launch point out the dark side of this sort of fast food phenomenon.