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Popeyes Just Launched A Controversial New Assault On Chick-fil-A (This Is Going To Offend Some People)

Popeyes Just Launched A Controversial New Assault On Chick-fil-A (This Is Going To Offend Some People)

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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

You can learn a lot from fast-food marketing.

These companies have to move quickly. They have to offer something persuasive. And they have to create loyalty in a world where so little exists.

Which means that some — like Burger King — can tend toward riskier tactics.

Now Popeyes is entering into the controversial spirit. Well, it is owned by Restaurant Brands International, the very same company that owns Burger King.

No one — least of all the management at Popeyes — expected its Chicken Sandwich to be such an uproarious success.

The chain sold out of a seven-week supply within a matter of days. 

It was both exciting and a touch embarrassing.

Oddly, Popeyes doesn’t appear to share such a generous heart.

Today, November 3, it’s relaunching its Chicken Sandwich.

You might wonder why it would choose November 3. 

Could it be because November 2 is El Día De Los Muertos and that wouldn’t feel right? 

Not exactly.

It’s because November 3 is a Sunday and Chick-fil-A isn’t open on Sundays. For reasons of religious observance, rather than a desperate need to watch NFL games, you understand.

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Some might find this move blatantly offensive, an affront to Chick-fil-A’s Christianity.

Or rather that of its owners.

Of course, no one tweaks a competitor who isn’t good.

The fact that Popeyes is specifically targeting Chick-fil-A in its relaunch is, in some ways, a mark of respect.

Still, I wonder if Chick-fil-A loyalists will hold protests outside their local Popeyes and call the chain ungodly.

Oh, but that would be good publicity too.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

This article is from Inc.com

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