Jonathan Maze

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Jonathan Maze

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No more megachains?

The days in which a concept can expect to become really big are probably over.


Fast-casual chains are still growing

Though growth slowed last year, they continue to pace the industry, thanks to more units.

Led by Chick-fil-A, the largest fast-food chains extended their dominance.

From contests to a $300 million technology acquisition, the chain is intent on improving its drive-thru times.

The chain is replacing an existing unit with a fast-casual model, and many others could follow if it works, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

To raise awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month, and perhaps take a shot at McDonald’s, the chain is offering boxes for varying emotions.

On this week’s edition of “A Deeper Dive,” Habit CEO Russ Bendel talks about delivery, expansion and the burger business.

But third-party services appear to be eating into Pizza Hut’s market.

The company closed an additional 15 locations and is up for sale, blaming overly aggressive growth, cost cuts and a stock buyback for its poor finances.

The company has been adding vegan and vegetarian products in other markets and seems open to the idea of adding one domestically.

The company said its U.S. same-store sales rose 4.5% in the first quarter, but traffic is still down.

The Phoenix test, expected to be expanded to additional markets this spring, will allow customers and store managers to track drivers.