Burger King wants to close 400 of its U.S. restaurants because it has to compete with McDonald’s and Chipotle.
The New York Post reported on Friday that the stores will close by the end of the year. On the other hand, the company has opened new stores and sales have been good in other countries.
The story went on to say that in the United States, two big franchisees of the fast food business had gone bankrupt.
“According to the earnings release from its parent company, Restaurant Brands International, Burger King closed a net of 124 US locations, or 1.7%, in the first quarter, leaving it with just under 7,000 US locations at the end of the quarter,” it said.
Now, the brand wants to have more partners who are financially better off. CEO Joshua Kobza says that between 300 and 400 restaurants are likely to close.
The report from the Post said:
Burger King’s “Reclaim the Flame” plan, which costs $400 million and aims to stop the brand from losing market share, fix up old stores, simplify menus and operations, and attract more young customers, may be beginning to work, as comparable sales in the US rose 8.7%.
Breitbart News said in March that 26 Burger King stores in Michigan were meant to close by the middle of April.
The news source said:
In a statement to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, EYM King Michigan, LLC said that it will “permanently stop operations in Michigan due to unforeseen business circumstances and not being able to reach a resolution with the Burger King Corporation.”
When customers heard the news, they were upset. One person told CBS Detroit that she was looking forward to a good meal.
“Man, listen. I was about to get a cheese Whopper. Listen, extra mayonnaise. She said, “No, womp, womp, womp.”
“Every time we come in here or stop, there aren’t enough people there or something is wrong. The woman said, “This is probably the third time I’ve been here, and it looks like a ghost town.”
The Post says that sales at bigger food chains were better in the first quarter. As inflation soars in the economy run by President Joe Biden (D), people are worried about how much they can spend.
During a recent interview on Fox News Channel’s Your World, Austan Goolsbee, president of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, said, “Inflation’s above where we want it to be.” He also said, “It hasn’t come down as fast as we wanted.”