Popeyes is one step closer to opening a second location in Green Bay after traffic concerns have been resolved

Alexandria Bursiek Kloehn
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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GREEN BAY -  A second Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen location is one step closer to opening in Green Bay. 

The Green Bay Plan Commission on Monday approved a conditional use permit for SmitCo. Eateries, Inc., a Popeye's franchisee, to open a new location on the site of Wally's Spot at 1979 Main Street. 

The Popeyes location was first proposed in April, however, the plan commission put off a vote until a study could be completed of its impact on traffic in the busy area at Main and East Mason streets. 

The traffic study was completed by Traffic Design, Inc., and approved by Dave Hansen, a traffic engineer for the city, just before Monday's meeting.

Traffic concerns were amplified by the volume of traffic at the West Mason Popeyes, which opened last year. Opening day brought lines 90 cars long to the restaurant's drive-thru. 

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However, Hansen said traffic is unlikely to be as high at the new location as it was for the opening of the restaurant chain's first location in the Green Bay area.

Additionally, Hansen said, the location will be able to accommodate between 50 and 75 cars waiting for the restaurant's drive-thru without any traffic spilling onto Main Street. 

Alexandria Bursiek Kloehn is a business reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You can reach her at or view her Twitter profile at @bursiekkloehn

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