U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

September 20, 2016

The total number of U.S. restaurants continues to decline because of continuing losses of independent locations. But independent burger-menu quick-service shops are accounting for very little of that decline.

The Spring 2016 census from The NPD Group finds a 1% drop in the U.S. restaurant count to 624,301, compared with the spring 2015 census. Chain restaurants, which account for 47% of the total, saw a gain small enough to be counted as “flat.” The overall decline is the result of a 3% decrease in the number of independent restaurants, which now stands at 331,469 locations.

For QSR burger restaurants, the