USA, Chicago. The NPD Group released some numbers recently saying that the total US restaurant count decreased marginally (–0.6%) from a year ago. There was a 2% decline in independent restaurant units, which contributed to the total restaurant decline according to NPD’s fall 2015 ReCount. This survey includes all restaurants opened before 30 September, 2015.
During last year, chain restaurants increased by 1% from the previous year from 289,726 to 292,943 units. According to the study, some of the reasons for the decline in independent restaurants were both quick service and the full-service segments of stores. Most independent restaurants are considered in the full-service segment including casual dining, midscale/family dining, and fine dining.
The biggest decline in the full-service restaurants was in casual and fine dining along with the quick service segment of sandwich/Mexican-type restaurants. Fast casual quick service continued to grow, increasing by 5% from 18,176 units in fall 2014 to 19,043 in fall 2015.
According to the NPD’s foodservice market research, CREST, US restaurants visits to quick-service restaurants, which represent 79% of total industry traffic, were up 1%, while full-service restaurant traffic, representing 21% of total visits, declined.