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 Alvin C. Copeland

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Alvin C. Copeland

  • Birth 2 Feb 1944 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 23 Mar 2008 Munich (München), Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Plot Copeland Family crypt
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  • Memorial ID 25528635

Entrepreneur. At age 18, he sold his car to open a one-man doughnut shop and had ten successful years in the doughnut business. Inspired by Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, he used his doughnut profits to open the restaurant, Chicken on the Run in New Orleans, in 1971. He founded Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits in 1976, began franchising his restaurant chain and by 1987, his company was the third largest fast food chicken chain in Amercia. In March 1989, he purchased Church's Chicken, combined the companies operating the two chains in over 2,000 locations, national and world wide. By the 1990s, Al Copeland Enterprises had over $400 million in debts and he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to save the company. Although Copeland lost Popeye's due to the bankruptcy, he retained the rights to the manufacture of Popeye's products. He also founded Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro, Cajun Fire and Ice Restaurants and Al's Diversified Food & Seasonings, a line of specialty foods and spices for large national restaurant chains. He died of cancer.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 25 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25528635
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alvin C. Copeland (2 Feb 1944–23 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25528635, citing Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .