Popeyes’ chicken sandwich was officially re-launched on Sunday in line with the celebration of the National Sandwich Day. And even though some franchise owners hired additional staff members ahead of the sandwich’s return to the menu, it seemed that a lot of Popeyes locations still had a hard time handling the huge number of customers that patiently fell in line to get a taste of the popular sandwich.
Based on photos and videos shared on Twitter, the lines in both the drive-thru lane and on foot in some Popeyes locations were so long that they extended into the street. A customer even said that the ridiculously long lines looked like “Armageddon.”
— AROC🏚 (@lowvalley_) November 3, 2019
Popeyes chicken sandwich though pic.twitter.com/WZpLN4dBi2
— Emmanuel (@Eserranoss) November 4, 2019
Line for that Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. pic.twitter.com/JGOSD4yIFg
— Regular Experiments Luni (@LUNI_TUNZ) November 3, 2019
Live report from husband, who is sitting in neighborhood Popeyes drive-thru: "It looks like Armageddon."
— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) November 3, 2019
— AlvinLeeNY (@AlvinLeeNY) November 3, 2019
The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich returned today and
well this is what the line looked like…..
Guess we'll try again tomorrow 🙁 pic.twitter.com/9NYaVgtHqm
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) November 3, 2019
Waiting times varied by location, some tweeted that they waited in line for about 2 hours; others for more than 5 hours; and a few customers for 8 hours.
Finally eating the Popeyes chicken sandwich after waiting in line for 2 hours pic.twitter.com/0M674B9JwI
— Josh(ua)💕 (@catapult_Josh) November 3, 2019
y’all went and waited in line for 5+ hours for a popeyes chicken sandwich. we ain’t forget
— young bidness (@i_hate_micah) October 27, 2019
Just waited 8.5 hours for Popeyes chicken sandwich and DAMN!! Worth it!! Chicken AND bread- not sold separate and I had a cup of water too (FREE). FOODIE WIN!! #ftw Going back to ask about seczchuan sauce again
— Rocco Botte (@rocco_botte) November 3, 2019
And though some fans have noticed that Popeyes’ chicken sandwich is a bit smaller than the original version first released in August, many customers tweeted that braving the long lines for several minutes or hours was worth it.
— kyngofpop2 (@kyngofpop2) November 4, 2019
After waiting 35 mins for the Popeyes chicken sandwich I can say that the wait was worth it! It lived up to its hype! pic.twitter.com/6aCpiRF3tr
— Sarah Lehman 🧢 (@sarahlehman13) November 3, 2019
Though it’s clear that the craze over Popeyes’ chicken sandwich has picked up where it left off, reports said that there’s no sign of selling out yet. “We plan to offer it to our guests for a long time,” a Popeye’s representative told CNN last week, announcing the sandwich’s return. “We are confident that we’ll be able to meet the demand.”