Popeyes' corporate offices were in Dunwoody until last year, when Restaurant Brands International bought the chain and moved the headquarters to Miami.
Chick-fil-A is the third-largest restaurant chain by sales, according to Nation's Restaurant News, and is the country's favorite chain, according to Market Force's 2019 Fast Food Market Research Report.
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So it should surprise no one that other companies are trying to copy its success.
Sam's Club has introduced not only a chicken sandwich similar to Chick-fil-A's but also a version of its waffle fries, which are Chick-fil-A's most popular item (the chicken sandwich is fourth).
The Southern Style chicken sandwich at Sam's Club also comes dressed with a pickle. They are available in a box of 10 in stores and online for $15.98. Southern Style waffle fries come in a 4 pound bag for $4.98.
“These are FANTASTIC for someone who loves Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches. I hope sams keeps these and the waffle fries! They are perfect for my kids after school! My family loves Chick-fil-A so this was a hit!” one reviewer wrote on the company’s website.
Sam's touts the sandwich and fries as drive-through alternatives you can have whenever you want, an apparent reference to Chick-fil-A being closed on Sundays, a policy it didn't break even for Super Bowl Sunday in Atlanta.
Sam’s Club already sells chicken bites that closely resemble Chick-fil-A’s nuggets.
Walmart, which operates Sam's Club, last year introduced a dipping sauce that some people couldn't distinguish from Chick-fil-A's signature option.
Today reporters, who gave it a try, said "it's pretty close" to the real thing. And some Reddit users agree, according this thread.
One user wrote, “Honestly couldn't have told the difference. And I'm a hardcore Chick-fil-A sauce person.” Another said, “It’s amazing.”