I saw this recently on Eat This, Not That – 4 Once-Popular Burger Chains That Are Currently Shrinking: https://www.eatthis.com/news-once-popular-burger-chains-that-are-shrinking/ Longer article. Has slide show.
BY OWEN DUFF April 9, 2022
With growing competition from quick-service chains, these brands are struggling to remain relevant.
The burger segment of the U.S. restaurant industry is truly massive, both in terms of sales and competition. QSR Magazine lists no fewer than 15 fast-food burger chains in its most recent roundup of top-performing fast-food brands in America—which is a little less than double the market headcount for chicken chains, and a little more than double for pizza chains. When it comes to burgers, American diners have no shortage of choices.
But one drawback of such fierce competition is the loss of beloved legacy brands struggling to keep up. In particular, dine-in burger chains have, in recent years, had a hard time holding onto customers and keeping their restaurants open, and those difficulties have only been exacerbated in the past two years by the pandemic and the rise of their fast-food competitors. Here’s a look at four once-popular burger chains that are currently shrinking.