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The Bottom Line: Yes, it can, and there's evidence it's already starting.
The settlement with Simon Property Group would apparently allow some locations to shut down.
The decision by an overwhelming majority of the chain's franchise community is the latest sign of a festering relationship with the franchisor.
The brick-and-mortar grocer says data thieves hit only its in-store dining and taproom operations.
Even the great Carnac couldn't have foreseen the role marijuana is about to play in restaurant sales, and that's just one of the who'd-have-believed-it developments.
After closing its Teavana tea cafes, Starbucks is shutting down the retail component of the business as well, with plans to close all 379 Teavana retail stores within a year.
Competition rises as consumers warm to food at retail.
New offerings range from the interesting and stealable, to the out there and way out there.
Familiar supermarket and candy-store brands figure into the latest crop.
Up-and-coming restaurant chains and what’s propelling their growth
Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh
New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoring
RB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurants
Peter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own peril
Ideas from the field you may want to borrow