Popeyes launching first sustainably built restaurant in Canada

Fast-food chain Popeyes has partnered with Canadian green construction technology company Nexii Building Solutions Inc. to deliver its first sustainably constructed Canadian restaurant.

The building Abbotsford, B.C. was constructed in less than two weeks. It is Popeyes’ 12th restaurant in the province and supports the Popeyes brand’s rapid growth and expansion in Canada.

The new location is Popeyes’ first location constructed using building materials and technologies that are “significantly more sustainable than those used in traditional construction”, says a release.

Nexii’s construction practices accelerate standard build times by between 50 and 70 per cent compared with the historical time required to build a standalone restaurant of similar size in Canada. The process of manufacturing products offsite and assembling them on-site eliminates almost all onsite construction waste.

The sustainably built restaurant will operate with carbon emissions that are approximately 30 per cent lower as a result of its choice of building material and assembly process. Nexii also says its technology reduces climate pollution by approximately 30 per cent compared to a traditionally constructed restaurant while still accelerating construction timelines.

“As a company, we are committed to building the most-loved restaurant brands in the world, and reducing our environmental impact while doing so,” said Robert Manuel, General Manager for Popeyes in Canada. “This is just one of many steps we’re taking as a brand to positively affect climate change, and we’re looking forward to continuing this important sustainability journey with our restaurants.”

Nexii is the same company that constructed a first-of-its-kind sustainably built Starbucks drive-thru store back in December 2020. This new Popeyes restaurant, which is expected to open to the public by the fall of 2021, will be located in the same retail development in Abbotsford, B.C.

Gregor Robertson, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships at Nexii, said: “Over the next four decades, the equivalent of 500 New York Cities will be built around the world as cities grow dramatically. It’s essential that all new construction is also green construction to keep our planet healthy and liveable. We are proud to partner with major retailers, like Popeyes, to help them reduce the environmental impacts of their new buildings. At Nexii, we have married sustainability with speed of delivery.”

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