Independent QSR Burger Count Falls

February 25, 2016

The total U.S. restaurant count decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 total unit, according to the count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled in the spring and fall each year by The NPD Group’s ReCount tracker.  The reason for the anemic overall growth rate is simple: the number of independent restaurant units open as of September 30, 2015, was down 2% from the year-earlier level.

Meanwhile, over the past year, the number of chain restaurant locations increased by 1% to 292,943. With 336,545 location, independent location still outnumber chains, but the gap obviously is steadily closing.

The…