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Worker shortages are cutting into Pollo Tropical’s earnings

The fast casual is recovering from the pandemic but it said its growth is being slowed in cities where it is having a hard time finding employees.

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The tech-enabled fast casual, which has nine locations, nabbed a $4 million cash infusion less than a year ago from industry veteran Greg Dollarhyde.

The fast casual’s food costs are soaring and it is looking for ways to assert more control over its supply chain.

Bitticks previously spent seven years in operations with Blaze Pizza.

The fast casual is testing chili-spiced Pollo Asado alongside its traditional chicken offering at 95 restaurants in Cincinnati and Sacramento.

Zach McLeroy to become chairman. Acoca, the former El Pollo Loco CEO, becomes the chicken finger chain’s first non-founder leader in its 30-year history.

The chicken chain’s sales were hurt last quarter because its stores had reduced hours or closed dining areas. Its growth was partly to blame.

Keith Anderkin was promoted to the role from vice president of supply chain and quality assurance for the fast-casual chicken finger brand.

Half of the fast-casual chicken finger chain’s Dallas-based corporate staff has deployed around the country to hire 10,000 new workers in 50 days amid a labor shortage that’s hitting operations as the company looks to open 100 stores next year.

Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s and Olive Garden also top the survey from Piper Sandler.

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