Popeyes Is Starting the 2021 New Year’s Countdown in Times Square, 135 Days Early

As its chicken sandwich turns 1 year old, the chain wants to help speed a rough 2020 along

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I’m sure you don’t need reminding, but so far 2020 has been a really awful year, what with the tragedy of coronavirus, toilet paper shortages, job losses, etc.

But fast food chain Popeyes, in celebration of the first anniversary of the launch of its fried chicken sandwich, wants to remind customers: “Whatever comes our way we can always take a pause, breathe in and say, ‘At least we still have the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich.'”

The brand is kicking off a social media campaign today, marking exactly one year since it ignited the infamous 2019 social media Chicken Sandwich Wars with one simple viral quote tweet: Y’all good?”

To say good riddance to the year, Popeyes has also launched a Times Square Ball Drop (four months early) that will run from today through the end of August.

The launch was Popeyes’ most significant product innovation for 30 years, and the sandwich was greeted with so much fanfare that it sold out in two weeks. Between Aug. 17 and Sept. 1, 2019, there were 338,000 conversations abut Popeyes on Twitter, the brand said.

The new countdown stunt is reminiscent of one pulled off recently by sister chain Burger King, which decided to celebrate Christmas in July just to feel like an end was vaguely in sight for 2020. And Dunkin’ is also doing its part to hurry the year along, dropping its fall slate of flavors (including pumpkin spice) today.


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@saramayspary sara.spary@adweek.com Sara Spary is a freelance journalist based in London. She's been a reporter for eight years, covering advertising and consumer brands.