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Here’s when Popeyes is expected to open in Belleville

Popeyes to build new restaurants in Belleville and Collinsville

Edin Coralic, a St. Louis architect, describes the future Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen fried chicken restaurant to open in Belleville and Collinsville. The Belleville restaurant will be in the Belleville Crossing shopping center.
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Edin Coralic, a St. Louis architect, describes the future Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen fried chicken restaurant to open in Belleville and Collinsville. The Belleville restaurant will be in the Belleville Crossing shopping center.

Fans of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen spicy fried chicken will see a new location this fall in Belleville.

The new Popeyes is under construction on a lot between Arby’s and the St. Louis Bread Co. in the Belleville Crossing shopping center off Illinois 15.

Work began Aug. 6 and crews plan to have it built in 90 days by Nov. 6, weather permitting, according to Edin Coralic, the St. Louis architect who designed the building.

“It’s a very fast and aggressive schedule,” Coralic said.

The 2,297-square-foot restaurant will have a decorative balcony to evoke memories of the balconies you see on buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Hunter Construction of Belleville is the general contractor and Sugar Land, Texas-based Z&H Foods is the owner.

Plans for the Belleville Crossing Popeyes were first announced last year.

Coralic previously said Z&H Foods wants to build a new Popeyes in Collinsville and this week he said those plans are still progressing. Construction on this Popeyes may begin next year on a site next to Jimmy John’s at 703 N. Bluff Road.

Mike Koziatek: 618-239-2502, @MikeKoziatekBND
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