It's official. Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits is bringing its own special style of southern cooking to town.
Larry Carbo, owner of the Alexandria-based Glamr Ventures, which holds the Popeye's franchise, said the grease should be hot at the 1060 Homer Road restaurant by the end of April.
"Popeye's has a new design – it looks basically the same as other Popeye's," Carbo said. "But it's a little fancier design with Internet and TVs and other modern-age material."
Carbo said the company, which he owns with his children, has been looking at Minden "for a long time" to house a Popeye's.
"I believe Minden and Webster Parish are the largest city and parish in Louisiana without a Popeye's," he added.
After April, that will no longer be the case.
"We always thought it would do good in Minden," he said. "Then, the property became available, so we did it."
But before that, the company looked at several different locations in Minden.
"We had to submit six or seven spots to our real estate department," he said. "We came to the conclusion that it (Homer Road) was the best fit for us."
Being close to other fast-food restaurants, including a competitive chicken franchise, was not a problem, as far as Carbo is concerned.
"It's good to be where there are other restaurants, and there are a lot of restaurants on that road," he said. "I don't see how it could have an adverse effect. It will give people more choices and more options. And the way things are today, it's hard to find a location where you aren't in competition with somebody."
Monday, the Minden City Council unanimously approved the final plat for construction, which has been under way since the initial approval in February.
"We have been in and out of Minden for several months," Carbo said. "The people and the town are very supportive and excited about it coming, so we are, too."
Carbo said his company will continue to maintain the restaurant once it's finished, and will be hiring locally to fill positions.
"Initially, we will be hiring about 60 people," he said. "Once things level off, I would say 30 to 40 jobs."
Carbo said interested persons can apply at Careerbuilder.com and Annette Blake at the Minden office of Louisiana Workforce Commission confirmed that applicants may fill out forms at her office or online at laworks.net
"About the first part of April, we will be interviewing and hiring from those applications," Carbo said.
Blake said her offices at 310 Homer Road will be offered to Popeye's staff as an interview site.