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2011 Gross New Unit Development For Chain Restaurants Slowest In 5 Years

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2011 Gross New Unit Development Slowest in 5 Years

  • RR's 2012 Chain Unit Development and Closure analysis is based on 46 national restaurant brands which operated more than 138,000 units as of FYE 2011. Data points also include a 5 year history and franchise transfer activity.
  • 2011 gross new unit development came in at its slowest pace in at least 5 years which we believe reflects a difficult operating environment as rising commodity costs more than off-set the benefit of a 3.0% increase in same store sales (driving down average EBITDAR margins to their lowest level in at least 9 years) as well as prospects for significantly higher labor costs due to healthcare mandates. Also, many systems continue to divert capital into remodel programs as opposed to new builds.
  • While 2012 new unit development is expected to remain subdued, we note that actual new unit development has been outpacing initial projections for the last 4 years at an increasing rate.
  • Closure rates continue to decline and would have been at a 5 year low excluding the impact of Quizno's and Starbucks.

Restaurant Research's Unit Development & Closures Report provides clients with data on new unit openings, transfers and closures by chain and segment for the most recent FYE as well as a 5 year average. Includes development projections for the next FYE by chain and segment. This report is useful for benchmarking net development by concept system.


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