NEW YORK — The Atlanta company that owns Popeyes reclaimed the brand’s Louisiana heritage with a name change Tuesday.
AFC Enterprises Inc. has changed its corporate name to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc.
CEO Cheryl Bachelder said in a statement that the name Popeyes “is among the most visible expressions of our Louisiana heritage and differentiates Popeyes in the marketplace.”
The company’s Nasdaq ticker symbol changed to PLKI from AFCE on Tuesday.
Popeyes had 2,225 operating restaurants in the U.S., three territories and 28 foreign countries as of Dec. 29.
The Atlanta company acquired Popeyes after New Orleans founder Al Copeland’s ill-fated Church’s buyout plunged his company into a 1992 bankruptcy.