Fast casual chains drive by drive-through concept

Don't look for a lot of fast-casual chains to move toward offering drive-thru windows as a growth driver, according to Restaurant Finance Monitor.

Panera Bread (PNRA +0.7%) has dabbled with the concept, while it sometimes gets thrown into discussion on the growth matrix of vibrant chains such as Chipotle (CMG +0.2%) and Noodles (NDLS +0.6%).

Inside the numbers: Though incremental sales are picked up from on-the-go diners, unit economics dictate there is more value in developing normal store units than investing in large build-outs or retrofits. Just ask Subway.

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  • SoldHigh
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    Local Panera here has a drive-thru and looks busy most of the time.
    21 Feb 2014, 10:38 AM Reply Like
  • john7878
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    Excellent article!


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    21 Feb 2014, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • Richard Adams
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    "Local Panera here has a drive-thru and looks busy most of the time."


    Maybe the service is just really slow?
    21 Feb 2014, 12:49 PM Reply Like
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