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Chipotle Mexican Grill reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, including comparable restaurant sales that decreased 29.7 percent over the first quarter of 2015.
The chain’s first-ever quarterly loss comes after norovirus and E. coli outbreaks hit several stores across the country and significantly affected customer traffic.Chains: Chipotle
Arby’s, the Fast Crafted restaurant brand with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide, announced U.S. system same-store sales (SSS) growth of 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Including Leap Day, Arby’s U.S. System SSS growth was 6.6 percent during the first quarter of 2016. Arby’s SSS growth more than doubled a representative sample of the larger quick-service chains, representing 22 consecutive quarters of SSS growth and 13 consecutive quarters of industry outperformance.Chains: Arby's
With Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations, weddings, and more in May, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill helps guests celebrate all month long with “Fiesta de Mayo,” featuring special menu promotions and the chance for one lucky guest to win a catered party for 20.Chains: Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill
Breaking this week, special packaging and mobile/online advertising promote “Superhero Day,” April 28, when customers at participating Krispy Kreme, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, stores (in 43 states, plus D.C.) will get a second one-dozen box of Original Glazed doughnuts, free with first dozen purchased. The work is by advertising agency Baldwin& in Raleigh, North Carolina.Chains: Krispy Kreme
Pizza Hut says so long to the void of unknown wait and hello to an innovation that allows customers to see when their pizza, wings, pasta, or dessert will be ready—before the order is even placed.Chains: Pizza Hut
Paris Baguette, the global premier baking franchise featuring high-quality baked goods, savory eats, and beverages, opened at 1698 Hostetter Road, boosting the local economy by creating more than 30 new jobs. In celebration, a grand opening event will be held on Friday, April 29 beginning at 11 a.m.
The San Jose, California, location will be owned and operated by local resident, Joshua Kim, who is Paris Baguette’s first franchisee since the company began franchising in August 2015. Kim has additional plans for two more locations in the San Jose market, as well.Chains: Paris Baguette
After spending time focused on weaning consumers off of the steep dealing used to drive visits during the recession, the major quick-service hamburger chains are back to their roots of offering combo meal deals and consumers are responding, finds the NPD Group, a leading global information company. After several years of declines combo meal visits rose by 1 percent at quick service hamburger restaurants in the year ending February 2016 compared to the same period a year ago, and entire increase was driven by combo meal deals.