Popeyes chicken sandwich will return in early November

The restaurant is planning to hire more employees to deal with the demand.
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By Drew Weisholtz

Still in withdrawal because Popeyes ran out of its internet-breaking chicken sandwich? Well, today is your clucky day (heh).

A franchise owner revealed that the sandwich is coming back to multiple locations, starting early in November. Sum Holdings Inc., which runs 150 of the restaurants, will put the item back on its menu, CEO Guillermo Perales told Bloomberg. Sun Holdings owns Popeyes in parts of Florida, Texas and Oklahoma City.

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And if you don't live in the South, don't worry, the wildly popular offering will be back in stores nationwide on Nov. 3, a rep confirmed to TODAY Food.

The stores getting the chicken sandwich will hire 400 more employees and assign as many as two workers in each location to the task of making the sandwich.

The sandwich became a hot-ticket item and was an instant hit when it came out in August, but quickly sold out, leaving fans clamoring for it. A man even pulled a gun on employees at a Texas Popeyes after he was told there were no more.

“The first time they weren’t ready,” Perales said about the sandwich’s immediate popularity.

Nov. 3 is also a Sunday so perhaps Popeyes is having a little fun with Chick-fil-A fans.

"It has been amazing to see our guests share their love for our brand and for the new Chicken Sandwich on social media and beyond, and we are truly humbled and grateful for their support," a spokesperson for Popeyes told TODAY in an emailed statement after the item ran out.

"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."