coronavirus

Industries all across the country are experiencing the disruptive impact of the COVID-19. Discover how it could affect the U.S. foodservice, grocery and convenience industries.

Financing

Starbucks to eliminate seating and close some stores

The chain is going to a takeout-only model to reduce the spread of the coronavirus as chains focus increasingly on drive-thru and delivery.

Operations

Puerto Rico limits the hours of places that sell alcohol

Restaurants that sell only food and nonalcoholic beverages appear to be exempted, along with supermarkets and sources of health supplies.

He also said restaurants should cut their occupancies in half, but stopped short of ordering outright closure.

The coronavirus has hit independent restaurants hard, as Alinea's data shows. Momofuku announced Saturday night it would close all units until further notice.

The closures came as the countries take more drastic efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Reservations plunged and sales fell as fear of the coronavirus kept people home and away from restaurants.

As local governments take steps to limit the coronavirus and sports teams cancel games, the industry faces a dramatic downturn, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Industry leaders are pushing for relief measures such as cash infusions, breaks on delivery charges and suspension of sales taxes.

The COVID-19 pandemic is scaring customers away, but some operators are trying to drum up business with a little creativity.

The service said it will forgo up to $100 million in fees.

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