August 9, 2014 · 118 comments
Popeyes Chicken on Clayton Rd. at Ayers Rd. in Concord is expected to open later this month.
LOVE Popeyes. Finally one nearby.
its a none event. I really just don’t go to fast food joints. The concept is a bit disturbing and unhealthy.
I am sure many will be terribly exited and will be beating down the doors. To those I say bon appetit!
Me! Is there a drive-thru? I don’t see it.
CAN’T WAIT !!!!!
Insert barfing smiley here _ .
Not me. I always thought Popeyes tastes like Swanson’s TV dinners.
Not least bit interested.
Chicken and Gas, LOL!
Am I the only one loking forward to the grand opening? Of the first 8 comments, 5 were obviously negative ( I don’t know why they even bothered commenting).
@ JustMe, your tastebuds must have been shot off in the war.
Just keep talking smack…… or try it first & then decide…..
I bet the drug dealers who live on the adjacent corner are. LOL
Sorry, not my cup of tea – or chicken either.
IIRC, it will have a drive-through that goes behind the building.
I used to enjoy KFC, but the quality has gone down hill. I’ve enjoyed Popeye’s more the last few times I have been there. I hope they have the Jambalaya there…they don’t always.
Homeless (bums) on Clayton Road and CVCHS once school is open.
@ JustMe. does Swanson’s even make a spicy fried chicken dinner with red beans & rice and a fresh baked biscuit thats lightly brushed with real butter & a sprinkle of salt? I think not.
Did anyone notice how small the parking lot is?
Great way to attract a certain kind of people. This area is not what it used to be, and I’m not looking forward to the traffic and riff raff to come. The Arco is one thing, but now we are going to get people stopping for their munchies on their way back over Kirker Pass. Who cares what it tastes like? If you’re that lazy, go to KFC.
Looking forward to it.
Anybody have an accurate count of all the food service establishments along Clayton road? Are we about to set a record?
It’s to bad. I do see where Concord has a lot of potential, but you can see where bad planning in the past has cost it a lot. I was not around when most of those decisions were made and of course did not speak up with this proposed project as I do not attend the council meetings.
The fact of the matter, we all need to be involved more in managing this city if we want to keep it from becoming another city with no character or attractions. There are a lot of parts to this town and redevelopment and rezoning is where we need to concentrate our efforts. Part of this includes selecting brands and businesses which bring people to want to spend their money.
Stop wasting the time on AM PMs and fast food. The only thing I have seen in this city go up since living here is gas stations and convenient stores. Certainly not something that should define a city.
Can’t wait for the crime to go way up in this neighborhood, nobody is mentioning that a 24 hour am-pm store is also opening….. late night hang out for the homeless/ beggars, food and gas for the late night thieves that are constantly roaming this end of town….. should be great times for all of us who have lived here and watched the steady decline of this end of town
Not happy – going to attract wrong crowds bad traffic
I am. I’ve missed having a Popeye’s close enough that it isn’t a special trip to get there.
@JustMe Are you confusing Popeye’s with some other chicken place? I can’t begin to understand your comparison.
I’ll eat here once a year. Nasty!
More greasy food, enough with the greasy food.
@18 i assume you are using the term food service establishments very loosely
To those of you lambasting this – what’s it like living in a world where things like a fast food restaurant scare you so much you think its the harbinger of the end of your cute little town?
Wake up. Concord is a city of 120,000 people. There’s going to be crime and vagrants and garbage. There’s also the vast majority of people that are perfectly fine. And yeah, they might want some fried chicken.
Get a grip and turn off the scary pundits.
This really sucks!!!!!!
If you worry about bums hanging out in front of the AM PM complain to the police. Christ sake! Some logic. Don’t open a business that stays open late because you are afraid of bums hanging out? Traffic? On Clayton Rd.? Really?
Stop blaming the business! Grow a pair & take out the trash. I tell pan handlers to F.O. & they’d better be afraid of me. The day I can’t pound a drunken bum’s face into the pavement I’d better check into the old folk’s home. You guys are p*ssies.
“Dr. Jellyfinger® August 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM
Me! Is there a drive-thru? I don’t see it.”
Say thank you to the Concord’s Design Review Board and the Planning Commission!
What I’m waiting for is a Del Taco. Nearest one is Pittsburg/Antioch.
overpriced fast food. it dont even taste good.
Our family likes Popeye’s, hates KFC. We rarely eat fast food, but we’ll drive to Concord for Popeye’s. I guess we are a now a “certain type of people” too. lol
I see on the menu that they don’t have fried okra anymore….I haven’t been to a Popeye’s in 10 or 15 years, but no fried okra in a “Cajun” food place just ain’t right. I do remember the biscuits were pretty good.
I don’t eat much fast food, so I’m not very excited about it. But it brings in more tax revenue to the city. That’s a good thing. I’m more excited about the Arco. It should put downward pressure on gas prices along Clayton Rd.
@ Buster… OK. Why?
gross!!!! Bring back Marie Callender NOW!
“Dr. Jellyfinger® August 9, 2014 at 10:54 PM
@ Buster… OK. Why?” Because that was one of the design issues they pushed for. Who wants to a bunch of cars lined up?
I luv Popeye’s chikun. I also luve Church’s chikun.
Not going to patronize this chickeneria
Calories 420 (1756 kJ)
Calories from fat 243
% Daily Value 1
Total Fat 27g 42%
Sat. Fat 9g 45%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 830mg 35%
Total Carbs. 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Stay ghetto, Concord!
There goes the neighborhood
The fried okra might have held some interest for me if I had a very weak moment.
I’ve never had Popeye’s Chicken before. However, since I gave up eating fast food as a New Years Resolution, I won’t be breaking that for fried chicken.
WAAAY better than KFC . luv the spicy fried chicken.
As much as I prefer Popeye’s over KFC, Popeye’s always seems to hire ghetto employee’s. That said Im glad we have one in town , been without when they pulled out of park and shop years ago.
I read all the negative comments here today…and find them sad.
I along with some other good folks are happy and awaiting the grand
opening of this new popeyes and will be there on opening day…hope they
will be announcing the grand opening day when it opens later this month…drive by it every day…but think the gas area needs more work
still at this time is the reason it taking so long….Glad Popeyes coming
to our town….
LOL Elwood – you still living in your grandma’s basement?
When we go to Texas we eat at a fast food franchise called “Chicken Express”. Best fried chicken ever. Wish they would build one here.
I’ll reserve judgment because I’ve never had Popeye’s before.
On a positive note, these two places, Popeyes and AM/PM will bring some jobs to those who may be out of work.
Its exciting to see that corner developed, and its exciting to see new businesses start up in town.
But…..franchises? I am longing to see more “real” small business in town.
Popeyes is the least favorite chicken I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried it more than once. I’m not talking about the spice. It tastes like frozen chicken re-heated in a microwave. There’s one in Pittsburg, and it’s awful.
I seriously doubt I’ll try it again.
To me the AM/PM and gas station is more inviting. I used to go to that location all the time when it was Chevron and 7-Eleven.
Popeyes is meh…. Would have rather seen anything else there.
Wow there a reason why other states hate people from california, they say were cry babies which after reading these comments, is actually true. Wahhh its going to bring crime, really???? Wahhh its so ghetto. I love California but I cant stand all you cry babies. Its a damn popeyes not a bar. I cant wait till this cry baby generation is gone!
Do you mean a business is willing to invest their capital (money) in the City of Concord and provide jobs as stepping stones to higher level, career-oriented employment?
Maybe it should remain a dirt and weed-filled lot so it can contribute to your property values and tax base.
YOU NAYSAYERS SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED BY YOUR SELFISH OPINIONS.
SKS, everybody has a better idea for which business should be built there. What a shame that none of the complainers is willing to spend the money to build a new business there.
You know Concord will always be a Ghetto, all we needed was Popeyes.
Got to say it could of been a drive-thru Olive Garden!
Watch out for those corn snakes!
Use to be a chevron there and a 711 no problems then so it should be ok.
I personally love popeye’s chicken…it’s sad that people are profiling a business and it’s patrons before it even opens. It’s a new business that is going to provide jobs for people who don’t have them. I’ve been looking forward to the opening since they broke ground.
That’s just what that or any other area needs; more junk food.
I might go for the okra. I’m half Texan. Otherwise, probably not. Trying to cut back on fried foods.
Its not even open yet and I have already had to pick up some of their trash a loser threw out on the ground in front of my house, which unfortunately near there.
I also noticed last week at least 2 gas tanker trucks using my neighborhood as a way to get to the gas station. I am going to be upset if that becomes a habit. I am hoping its only because its still fenced off and the trucks didn’t have any other way to get in there…or is that just laziness on their part too?
Let’s see…. WHAT IF a flower shop with a drive-through had been built there?!? Or a alterations shop? Or???….. Time to stop all the “what if’s” and histrionics BECAUSE:
Objections to the service station/Popeye drive through WERE made to the proper places at the proper time….. too small a lot…too loud an activity with bell and loudspeaker at drive-through right next to single-family residence neighborhood…”attractive nuisance ” hangout, etc.
But now Popeye’s is here. I looked at the menu and am disappointed that they will not be serving their country ham biscuits at this venue. Due to the Louisiana-theme of their chicken products, they do put a lot more black pepper and other spices into the batter than do other chains. I don’t care for it, but many people love it.
Fried food every once in a GREAT while is not going to be what makes any of us obese. It’s the day-in/day-out flood of high carb/sugar and fats which will put you under (or scattered over, whichever you prefer….and we’ll throw in a complimentary side of fries with that).
Silva, I believe you and I posted once before about how delicious is the fried okra at both Lucille’s and Dickey’s? -:)
Were you upset when Chevron was there with their trucks? Or are you new?
#61, Harbingers of a lot more of the same.
Macawlady, If what nytemuvr said is true and there’s no fried okra, there’s nothing really to tempt an old southern soul trying not to eat fried food. At least not BATTERED fried food.
Good luck to the owner, hope your new business does well.
Thank you for providing jobs to our children.
Will canned spinach be served as a side?
Antler, It wasn’t me, as I’ve heard of neither, and THANKS for making me aware of them.
Mea culpa. I need to start being more active around here.
I have heart burn just reading this crap. Never been and don’t plan on it. My doctor asked me once if I’ve ever eaten there. Don’t was his word of wisdom.. Seems his nurse loved the place.
Now I’ll go eat some potato chips. I’m on such a roll, anyway.
Damn most of you guys are complaining about thieves and homeless people. I don’t think an am-pm or Popeye’s will cause a rise in crime. And some of you guys need to chill.
#63, could you blame ‘em if they thought they had a lasting reprive from tankers in their neighborhood?
Tried it once and found it too spicey for me. Also very greasey, but maybe it was a off day………….
mmmmm Popeye’s mmmmmm
Wait! Dickey’s has fried okra?!?! (drops phone, grabs car keys….)
I can’t eat fried food very often, but I do like Popeye’s every now-and-then. I really like their variety of side orders, especially the rice and beans. I’m the only one in my house that eats the spicy chicken, but my daughter loves their shrimp po-boys.
#65, Yeah, with a few weeks in a job like that maybe more of them will stay in school.
Anybody who thinks popeyes will make concord ghetto (which by the way for its population is a very safe city) should immediately see a therapist. Alot of you people need to get out of concord and see the world. At age 50 I have been across America to plenty different cities and if you think concord is ghetto you should do the world a favor and check into a mental facility.
Popeyes beats McD/KFC/Taco Bell, etc any day! Since it appears there are so many negative people, the lines should be pretty short for us that love it. I eat at home as much as possible, but sometimes drive thru can’t be avoided. Won’t kill you to eat out occasionally
Dont think you thought this one out thoroughly mayor
I normally order coleslaw or red beans & rice (fiber!) but I received mashed potatoes & gravy by mistake once…… the gravy is sensational! Also, you have a choice of mild OR spicy chicken. If you order chicken strips, try the “Sweet Heat” dipping sauce……nom.
Looking forward to trying Popeyes. So happy to see a building finally going up there. I guess all the haters would rather see a weed covered dirt lot than a thriving business.
Bummed we need more things of quality. Perhaps a Berkeley Bowl or community garden! No more fast food please!
I’ve always wanted to try Popeye’s but have felt unsafe traveling to the “areas” where they are located. This gentrified location might be just what I needed to finally experience their spicy fried chicken and biscuits, so renowned in urban culture.
There’s a community garden on Lynn St. the Harvest Festival is coming soon.
Afraid to travel to those “areas”? Afraid to drive down Leland Rd in Pittsburg? Really? How do you even leave your house? I’d be more afraid of driving down Monument or Detroit Ave.
I wish they would have left Franks Chevron there! I would never eat anything there! Unhealthy ! More junk food…I’m shocked that the City allowed that place to be built,,could lead to obesity!
Have had Popeye’s and all I can say is ICK!!!!!! I guess to each their own
That is nice I can’t wait to go
Afraid to stop off in the “area” in Dublin where they are located? Dublin is a scary place.
So right, just look around you.
You know what they say,
“Love that chicken from Popeye’s!”
All of those on here that are saying that this restaurant will degrade the city are just being silly. I lived in Westlake Village, a city near Malibu, full of rich snobs, and also a Popeye’s! It did nothing to harm the community. While I agree that Concord needs to build other things besides fast food chains, it is better than the dirt lot that was there. Their gravy is delicious, too.
This is crazeeeeee – driving to work at “0 dark hundred” this morning, all of the station lights were on. I feel sorry for the individuals that live at the apartments on the corner of Clayton and Ayers, as well as those that live in the duplex right there. It was much too bright, and I hope they have to turn the lights off at night for the sake of residents in the surrounding area.
Just a word of warning, my wife and I were just in New Orleans last month, went to Popeye’s for a quick meal, well the chicken still had feathers on it after being deep fryed! You would think with the headquaters in that state that the Popeye’s down there would be watched over carefully but nope. As for my wife and I we will NEVER be going into or driving through a Popeye’s. Good luck to those that do OH! check your chicken BEFORE you eat it there.
A Berkeley Bowl or a community garden?
Why don’t we just turn it into a little People’s Park & let the hippie homeless live in the trees? We could have nightly drum circles & read poetry….. I’ll bring my bongos!
If you ever go to the Arco station at Willow Pass/Farm Bureau it is ALWAYS packed. There is always at least 1 car pumping gas and 1 or 2 cars waiting in line to pump. The new Popeyes/Arco station has room for 12 cars pumping gas. If there are 1 or 2 cars waiting in line that could mean there are up to 24 cars in that lot trying to pump gas. That doesn’t count cars trying to go to Popeyes or go into the Arco mini mart. It seems like it could be a disaster on that corner very soon. PLUS. add the morning commute and school traffic to the mix as well………. good luck everyone.
Every trip to a fast food place in New Orleans is an opportunity lost.
I have to say I was very disappointed to see another fast food restaurant going in on Clayton Road. And if we have to have a fast food restaurant, why can’t we have a healthy one? I have to drive into Walnut Creek to eat healthy food, such as Tender Greens. We are constantly telling our kids to eat more healthy, but our city keeps on putting unhealthy food choices on our city streets.
Any one care to guess where I got my name? Yes it is as obvious as it sounds. Also it’s NSFW. Ok enough hints, who cares to guess.
“And if we have to have a fast food restaurant, why can’t we have a healthy one?”
A. Because it would go broke. $12 per meal “Healthy” fast food on Clayton Rd.is not going to get my investment $$$. That’s nuts.
Doc, every guy over 50 probably knows where you got your name.
Greasy, fattening, way-too-spicy, inedible food!!
#99 I disagree Taffer ! I’d gladly pay 12 dollars for actual food vs this processed garbage from popeyes! Concord needs a wholefoods and to Rebuild itself
Hahaha… I was thinking the same thing. I just can’t figure out how he relates it to Popeyes Chicken.
So did it attempt to fly away to freedom?
#98 is an imposter. I don’t know why he’s posting using my name & asking stupid questions. Go figure.
The route to be used for delivery of gasoline should have been established when the plan for the Arco/Popeye’s was approved. The planning dept. will have this info – I think the planner on this project was Ryan. If trucks are going up and down Ayers for deliveries once the Arco is open, report it to the City. My bet is that they are required to use Clayton Road as their haul route.
Concord not ghetto? Some
black guy tried to hit me up for
gas at the Chevron station at
Treat and Clayton Road about
6:30 Saturday night. There
was noone else around. My car,
my keys, my credit card all
available to him if he wanted
it bad enough. I grew up in
Concord. I’ve work in
San Francisco, Oakland, and
Berkeley with all it’s crazy
panhandlers. I once walked
from the theater district in
SF to the Marina at midnight by
myself. I have never felt as
threatened as I did last Saturday
night. After I rebuffed him, he
sat in his car at the pump, so
I didnt know what he was planning.
He was still sitting there when I left.
I will never be out and about in
Concord after 6pm, again. I’ll be
getting gas and shopping elsewhere.
@RunDogRun,#107: pretty typical behavior of those people. Always looking for a handout. And if they cant get it by begging, they’ll steal it. I hope you told him to go f himself.
I’ve heard having a popeye’s chicken joint in your neighborhood automatically brings down property values 20% due to the clientele.
Popeye’s peddles 100% Concentration Camp Chicken. Eat here and you are supporting some of the most horrible atrocities committed on any animal. Spend the extra money on some free range, cage free chickens elsewhere instead.
looking forward to the check cashing, bail bondsman and tattoo parlors that will soon follow. LOLOL!!!
And a Tender Greens restaurant would increase the level of class in our city, that is for sure. And it wouldn’t go broke! I know of lots of people (including my daughter and her 20-something friends) who would patronize it.
More or less!
George and Barry love Popeye’s. One on vodka day, the other watermelon day.
It’s been two years since I started refusing to put valueless food in me, and it doesn’t matter how many garbage peddlers open up on Clayton Road, I’ll pay a lot more not to eat that stuff.
It’d not like Concord chose Popeye’s instead of Tender Greens. Popeye’s is the one who offered to spend the money to build in Concord. Tender Greens didn’t.
bitterness, secret racism, and endless judgement seem to make a few people a bit disturbed, I’m wondering what. would take place inside your heart, if some of you would have a slight change of opinion, on things. we weren’t all born into this world with so many disturbing thoughts feelings and emotions, it only takes a minute to change the world and it starts with each individual.:-)
Good hangover food. Just don’t eat it more than once every month or two.
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