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    U.S. Restaurant Count Down

  • Industry News January 24, 2011

    The number of U.S. restaurants declined by -1 percent, or a loss of 5,551 restaurants, from a year ago, according to a fall 2010 restaurant census conducted by the NPD Group.

    NPD's Fall 2010 ReCount, which is a census of commercial restaurant locations in the U.S. compiled in the spring and fall each year, showed that independent restaurant units dropped by -2 percent compared to a year ago, and chain counts were flat.

    “These past two years have been particularly tough for independents, which don’t have the resources to compete with the chains,” says Greg Starzynski, director of product development-foodservice at NPD. “Over the past few years we've lost several thousand independent restaurants."   
     
    The number of quick-service restaurants declined by -1 percent, or 2,122 units. Full-service restaurant units, which includes the casual dining, mid-scale, and fine dining segments, also experienced a unit loss of -1 percent, or 3,429 units.
      
     

     

    Segment
    System Type
    Fall 2009
    Fall 2010
    PCYA*
    TOTAL REST
    ALL
    584653                 
    579102
    -1%
     
    CHAINS
    267499
     
          267408
     
    0%
     
    INDEPENDENTS
    317154
     
    311694
     
    -2%
    Quick Service Restaurants
    ALL
    307966
     
    305844
     
    -1%
    Full Service Restaurants
    ALL
    276687
     
    273258
     
    -1%
    *Percent Change from a year ago                    Source: The NPD Group/ReCount®, Fall 2010
     
     
    According to the NPD Group’s CREST, which continually tracks consumer usage of commercial and non-commercial foodservice outlets, restaurant traffic has been down since January 2009. For year ending November 2010, U.S. restaurant traffic declined by -1 percent compared to a year ago. However, this is an improvement over the -3 percent declines in visits for year ending November 2009 compared to the prior year.