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Court OKs Popeyes' bid to take over 14 KFC restaurants in Minn.

A bankruptcy judge has approved a deal that allows Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to buy 14 KFC restaurants in the Twin Cities, even though a bid from another KFC franchisee involved more money, the Star Tribune reports. Creditor GE Capital said it preferred the "certainty" of the smaller offer from Popeyes.
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A bankruptcy judge has approved a deal that allows Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to buy 14 KFC restaurants in the Twin Cities, even though a bid from another KFC franchisee involved more money, the Star Tribune reports. Creditor GE Capital said it preferred the "certainty" of the smaller offer from Popeyes.

Last month, AFC Enterprises Inc., Popeyes' Atlanta-based parent, agreed to buy 28 KFC eateries from a bankrupt franchisee in Minnesota and California for $13.8 million.

An affiliate of Oregon-based KFC franchisee made an offer of $16 million, but it’s unclear how many restaurants that included.

Popeyes, the nation's second largest chicken chain, currently has one location in Minneapolis. KFC, the country's top chicken chain, currently has more than 40 restaurants in the Twin Cities metro.

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