Fast food giant announces it is permanently closing its doors


Burger King, a well-known fast-food chain, is planning to close several of its locations due to poor performance. CEO Joshua Kobza has announced that between 300 and 400 restaurants in the United States are expected to close by the end of 2023. This decision comes on the heels of weaker-than-expected first-quarter earnings. The company is focusing on trimming costs and honing in on more profitable stores amidst a tough fast-food industry environment.


Chairman Patrick Doyle has highlighted the critical role of dedicated franchisees, pointing out that those who do not meet the high standards expected of the brand will be phased out. This strategy is designed to focus efforts on stores that consistently perform above the average.

Burger King, which was once the second-largest burger chain, has experienced significant challenges during the pandemic, losing ground to Wendy’s. The planned closures are part of a broader strategy to enhance the performance of the chain by ensuring that each franchisee is committed to local success.

Listed Locations Scheduled for Closure:

  • Michigan: Several units including those on Woodward Ave and Gratiot Ave.
  • Minnesota: Various locations such as Alexandria and East Grand Forks.
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  • Montana: Locations in Lewistown and Billings.
  • Kansas: A single establishment in McPherson.
  • Nebraska: Outlets in York and Lincoln.
  • North Dakota: The Grand Forks site.
  • Utah: Multiple locations, including Sandy and Salt Lake City.
  • Wyoming: The Cody’s Mountain View Drive outlet.

The closures signify Burger King’s response to the dynamic demands of the fast-food market and the necessity for maintaining consistent operational standards to succeed.


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