Meridian Restaurants Unlimited, a Burger King franchisee based in Utah, is closing 27 restaurants across seven states.
Although Meridian is unlikely to close a significant number of Burger King locations, it did leave open the possibility of more closures in the future, Restaurant Business reported.
Another Burger King franchisee, TOMS King Holdings, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, also due to low sales and high inflation.
Burger King is showing early signs of a turnaround despite struggling franchisees. Same-store sales in the US grew by 5% last year, according to the chain. In the fall, the brand announced its “reclaim the flame” plan, which involves $400 million in marketing and restaurant remodeling.
The following stores are closing:
- Alexandria, 209 Nokomis Street
- East Grand Forks, 926 Central Avenue Northeast
- Fergus Falls, 528 Western Ave
- Litchfield, 21 Depot Street
- Long Prairie, 205 Lake Street
- Montevideo, 586 Southwest 1st Street
- Redwood Falls, 516 East Bridge Street
- Moorhead, 100 21st Street North
- Willmar, 1611 US-12
- Lewistown, 1422 West Main Street
- Billings, 520 North 27th St
- Columbia Falls, 1211 9th Street West
- McPherson, 2201 East Kansas Ave
- The Nebraskans
- York, 3627 South Lincoln Avenue
- Lincoln, NE, 2504 O St
- Lincoln, 4230 North 27th Street
- Grand Forks, 3765 Gateway Drive
- Heber, 171 East Gateway Dr
- Sandy, 7810 South 1300 E
- Sandy, 10235 South State Street
- Clearfield, 729 North Main St
- Lehi, 1466 East 3500 North
- Saratoga Springs, 119 East Crossroads Blvd
- Draper, 147 East Bangerter Highway
- Roy, 5390 South 1900 West
- Salt Lake City, 1660 West North Temple St
Cody, 1902 Mountain View Drive