Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board Members, Bay Blazers, and staff were joined by guests recently to celebrate a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening for Popeye’s Chicken.
On Friday, August 24, Popeye’s in Rockport opened for business after being damaged by Hurricane Harvey one year ago.
Like many, the road to recovery has been challenging but they learned adversity could make them better.
Its business is all about people. Their guests and team members are the only reason Popeye’s exists in Rockport. Much of their team members experienced the hardship of Harvey. A year later, many are still waiting to rebuild.
August 25 was a sad day for their crew, who not only lost their homes, but their jobs as well. For Rockport Popeye’s, these lost jobs also represented a second family that was lost.
Their manager left for a year to rebuild before returning for the grand re-opening. Her home was nearly destroyed, but wept with joy as she returned to work to prepare for the re-opening.
Their general manager stayed in Rockport to help the operation in Aransas Pass and pick up the pieces of her own personal losses caused by Harvey. Her staying played a critical role in their ability to reopen Popeye’s Chicken in Rockport.
Another manager was forced to live with her sister while her home was being rebuilt.
Seven of their original hourly team members are back and glad to call Popeye’s their second home.
Popeye’s extends their congratulations on a remarkable recovery to all of Rockport. There is still much to do, but “Rockport Strong” will bring the town back. They are humbled to be serving a great community.