US fast-food chain returns to Vietnam

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Popeyes, a US fast-chain with a focus on fried chicken, is returning to Vietnam six months after it exited the country due to losses.

On January 21 it opened an outlet in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

Popeyes, which has more than 2000 outlets around the world, has chosen HCMC-based Vietnam Food And Beverage Service Ltd as its exclusive franchisee in Vietnam, news website thoibaokinhtesaigon.vn reported Tuesday.

This year it plans to open seven restaurants in the country as well as identify a chicken supplier.

Popeyes first came to Vietnam in June 2010, opening two restaurants  in downtown HCMC. Two years later it was gone.

Another US fast-chain Burger King, opened its first outlet in downtown Ho Chi Minh City last October after earlier opening stores at Tan Son Nhat and Da Nang airports in November 2011.

In August executives from McDonald's, the world's largest chain of fast-food restaurants, held talks with the Ministry of Planning and Investment about investing in the country.

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