This Fast-Food Chain Is Shutting Down Up to 400 Restaurants

Updated: May 11, 2023

The affected restaurants will close by the end of 2023.

It’s been a big year of fast-food changes. Recently, we found out that McDonald’s burgers are getting a makeover. Then, a few months back, Starbucks announced adjustments to its Rewards program. Some chains—like Chipotle—have opened new restaurants. Others have announced that they have decided to close restaurants, the latest of which is Burger King. By the end of 2023, Burger King will shut down hundreds of its nearly 7,000 restaurants across the country.

Why Are Burger King Stores Closing?

According to Joshua Kobza, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, Burger King’s parent company, the practice of closing several stores is not unprecedented. In a Q1 earnings results call Kobza stated that in the past, “a couple hundred” Burger King restaurants close every year. Up to 400 Burger King locations will close by the end of 2023, in addition to 124 locations that have shut down this year already.

Both Kobza and Chairman Patrick Doyle emphasize that the focus will be on the dedication of the franchise operators. “There will always be a minority who aren’t dedicated, enthusiastic operators,” Doyle says of franchisees. “We’ll work with them to leave the system.” Kobza also adds that there will be collaboration with smaller franchises to “improve the overall health.”

Will More Burger King Stores Close?

an 'Impossible Whopper' sits on a table at a Burger King restaurantMichael Thomas/Stringer/Getty Images

On whether additional stores will be closed to the already allotted 300 to 400 stores, Kobza says it depends. He states that there is uncertainty, but that they are already seeing the business embark on a “pace of recovery.”

Where Are Burger King Stores Closing?

Although there is no confirmation of which restaurant locations will close down, some are following the closure trends. So far, Burger King restaurants have appeared to close in the Midwest and certain states in the West. States like Michigan and Illinois have seen some particularly large store closures already. Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming may also feel the heat, as Burger King restaurants are prominent there.

Of course, amongst these store closings, we can always turn to our favorite Burger King copycat recipes to enjoy Burger King in the comfort of home.

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