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5 tailwinds aiding Cracker Barrel’s sales

Like every chain, the family dining specialist has been helped by eased capacity restrictions, widespread vaccinations and direct federal aid to consumers. . But it's also reaped the benefits of several unique factors


Restaurateurs continue to expand into retail sales post-pandemic

Operators are discovering that e-commerce can be a lucrative and permanent channel for selling food products and meal kits.

The grocery chain is tapping experienced chefs to create housemade, technique-driven dishes for its in-store HL Fresh program.

The new premium sandwich is already the best seller at Wawa's first drive-thru-equipped unit.

The quick-service chain is rolling out two of customers’ favorite sauces at selected supermarkets.

Restaurants’ sales recovery has been slower in shopping centers, and there are signs that malls are changing for good, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Branching into retail has brought its own set of challenges.

The 20-unit multiconcept group is turning its restaurants into pop-up markets where it can sell its supplies at a deep discount to consumers and employees.

Meal kits are keeping the multiconcept operator in business. Boxed meals are helping its soul.

The dining destination, the bottom floor of a new supermarket, is one of several ways the retailer is hoping to eat restaurants’ lunch.

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