Independent Restaurant Growth on the Decline

September 19, 2016

The total U.S. restaurant count stood at 624,301 units in spring 2016, a 1 percent decrease from spring 2015, based on a restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Total restaurant chain units were flat from last spring at 292,382 and the independent restaurant count declined by 3 percent, according to NPD Group’s spring 2016 ReCount restaurant census, which includes restaurants open as of March 31.

The drop in independent restaurants was concentrated in the full-service segment, which includes casual dining, midscale/family dining, and fine dining. Full-service independent units were down 3 percent while quick-service