Arby’s returns to city

HARLINGEN — Out with the Popeye’s, and in with the Arby’s.

Arby’s, the second-largest quick-service sandwich chain in the United States, is returning to the Rio Grande Valley after a decade’s absence.

The new restaurant will be located at 1325 N. Ed Carey Drive and will replace the Popeye’s restaurant which closed last week.

A sign draped across the front of the Popeye’s location urges customers to visit its other location in the city at 722 Dixieland Drive.

The new Arby’s is owned by Turbo Restaurants LLC, a Dallas-based company that has strong ties to Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc., parent company of the brand.

Arby’s Restaurant Group announced early this year that it had signed an agreement with Turbo that would see it open 15 restaurants over the next five years in the Houston market.

A previous agreement committed Turbo to opening 15 new Arby’s restaurants in the Dallas market.

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