Hundreds of Subway, Dunkin’, and Burger King locations closed in 2020 – here are the chains with the most closures

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Subway assembly line.

  • More than 10% of all US restaurant locations closed during the pandemic.
  • Dunkin’, Burger King, and Subway were the hardest hit large chains.
  • But others like Domino’s and Starbucks added locations last year.
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10% of all restaurants have closed since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, including hundreds of locations of major chains, according to food industry research firm Dataessential’s new report.

No sector of the industry was safe. Closures affected fast food, fast casual, casual, and fine dining. Subway closed more stores than any other large chain examined by Dataessential, closing out the period with 1,557 fewer stores, a 6.6% loss. Dunkin’ lost a net 559 stores, the report said.

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Even fast food staples were hit by the pandemic. Burger King closed 319 locations, while McDonald’s closed 173. However, that only amounts to a 1.2% loss for McDonald’s, which still has well over 13,000 locations. Baskin Robbin’s, Hardees, and Steak N Shake each closed restaurants, while Little Caesar’s bucked the positive trend for pizza chains this year, closing 120 locations.

Some restaurants did manage to open new locations. Domino’s came out on top, opening 358 new stores. This isn’t necessarily surprising: pizza and wings were hailed as early winners in the pandemic as Americans increasingly ordered from brands that were already set up to accommodate delivery, like Papa John’s and Wingstop.

The rest of the pizza industry saw huge losses, up to $30 billion in March and $50 billion in April. The trend doesn’t apply to all pizza chains, though, as Little Caesar’s shows.

Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Chipotle all also all ended the year with over 200 additional stores apiece. Each of these chains has invested in drive-thrus throughout the pandemic.

Starbucks is making efforts to improve drive-thru efficiency with digital drive-thru screens for ordering and handheld devices for baristas to input orders on. Taco Bell cut more than a dozen items in 2020 to make drive-thru lines move more quickly, and sales grew as a result. Chipotle is opening hundreds of Chipotlane drive-thru lanes, with plans to more than double locations.

Most restaurants that added locations have embraced drive-thrus and mobile ordering, while chains that didn’t suffered, though this doesn’t explain every chain.

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Smashburger is opening 40 restaurants in 2021. Take a look at its plans for open kitchens, food lockers, and more.

Smashburger
The dine-in experience is getting a makeover option, too.

Fast-casual chain Smashburger is planning on adding to its global network of 250 corporate and franchise restaurants by opening 40 new restaurants in 2021.

The chain has focused on a dine-in model in the past but plans to offer more takeout and collection services, accelerated partly by the pandemic.

Smashburger
The restaurants will offer a range of collection and delivery options, as well as traditional dine-in.

The company plans to focus on “aggressively” opening new stores in busy suburban areas of Brooklyn, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, its president, Carl Bachmann, told Insider.

Though the new restaurants were planned before the pandemic, they’ll offer customers contactless ways to collect food. This includes using food lockers to keep food hot until customers collect their meals. These are also in the works for other fast-food chains, including KFC and Burger King.

Smashburger
Customers will be able to collect their orders from heated food lockers.

The new restaurants won’t only have enhanced collection options. The dine-in experience is getting a makeover, too.

This includes open kitchens, so customers can see their orders being cooked, and restaurant interiors that are specific to the city.

Smashburger
The restaurants will have open kitchens.

Smashburger also launched a new website and app during the pandemic, but still plans to offer delivery through a network of delivery service apps.

Other fast food chains are also redesigning their restaurants as demand for drive-thru and digital ordering continue to boom during the coronavirus pandemic. Shake Shack is opening its first drive-thru in Orlando, Florida, later this year, and plans to debut new delivery and collection methods, too. Burger King is also rolling out new-look stores will open in Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean in 2021.

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Smashburger is opening 40 restaurants in 2021, complete with food lockers and open kitchens. This is what they will look like.

Smashburger
The dine-in experience is getting a makeover option, too.

Fast-casual chain Smashburger is planning on adding to its global network of 250 corporate and franchise restaurants by opening 40 new restaurants in 2021.

The chain has focused on a dine-in model in the past but plans to offer more takeout and collection services, accelerated partly by the pandemic.

Smashburger
The restaurants will offer a range of collection and delivery options, as well as traditional dine-in.

The company plans to focus on “aggressively” opening new stores in busy suburban areas of Brooklyn, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, its president, Carl Bachmann, told Insider.

Though the new restaurants were planned before the pandemic, they’ll offer customers contactless ways to collect food. This includes using food lockers to keep food hot until customers collect their meals. These are also in the works for other fast-food chains, including KFC and Burger King.

Smashburger
Customers will be able to collect their orders from heated food lockers.

The new restaurants won’t only have enhanced collection options. The dine-in experience is getting a makeover, too.

This includes open kitchens, so customers can see their orders being cooked, and restaurant interiors that are specific to the city.

Smashburger
The restaurants will have open kitchens.

Smashburger also launched a new website and app during the pandemic, but still plans to offer delivery through a network of delivery service apps.

Other fast food chains are also redesigning their restaurants as demand for drive-thru and digital ordering continue to boom during the coronavirus pandemic. Shake Shack is opening its first drive-thru in Orlando, Florida, later this year, and plans to debut new delivery and collection methods, too. Burger King is also rolling out new-look stores will open in Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean in 2021.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Smashburger is opening 40 restaurants in 2021 with food lockers and open kitchens. Take a look inside.

Smashburger
The dine-in experience is getting a makeover option, too.

Fast-casual chain Smashburger is planning on adding to its global network of 250 corporate and franchise restaurants by opening 40 new restaurants in 2021.

The chain has focused on a dine-in model in the past but plans to offer more takeout and collection services, accelerated partly by the pandemic.

Smashburger
The restaurants will offer a range of collection and delivery options, as well as traditional dine-in.

The company plans to focus on “aggressively” opening new stores in busy suburban areas of Brooklyn, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, its president, Carl Bachmann, told Insider.

Though the new restaurants were planned before the pandemic, they’ll offer customers contactless ways to collect food. This includes using food lockers to keep food hot until customers collect their meals. These are also in the works for other fast-food chains, including KFC and Burger King.

Smashburger
Customers will be able to collect their orders from heated food lockers.

The new restaurants won’t only have enhanced collection options. The dine-in experience is getting a makeover, too.

This includes open kitchens, so customers can see their orders being cooked, and restaurant interiors that are specific to the city.

Smashburger
The restaurants will have open kitchens.

Smashburger also launched a new website and app during the pandemic, but still plans to offer delivery through a network of delivery service apps.

Other fast food chains are also redesigning their restaurants as demand for drive-thru and digital ordering continue to boom during the coronavirus pandemic. Shake Shack is opening its first drive-thru in Orlando, Florida, later this year, and plans to debut new delivery and collection methods, too. Burger King is also rolling out new-look stores will open in Miami, Latin America, and the Caribbean in 2021.

Read the original article on Business Insider