Skip to comments.Wendy’s might close up to 130 restaurants
Posted on 03/09/2013 4:01:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
As Wendys Co. continues its effort to modernize restaurants, up to 130 U.S. restaurants could be closed in the coming year because they are not making enough money to be worthy of being remodeled or rebuilt.
The news came yesterday as the Dublin-based company announced earnings for the fourth quarter and full year.
Wendys is beginning the third year of its Image Activation program to raze, rebuild or remodel nearly half of its 600 company-owned stores by the end of 2015.
So far, the Dublin-based fast-food restaurant has rebuilt 58 company-owned stores since 2011, and it plans to rebuild or remodel another 100 company stores and 100 franchised stores this year.
The first year, the rebuilt stores drove average sales increases of 25 percent, and those results continue to hold today, Emil Brolick, the companys chairman and CEO, told securities analysts during a conference call....
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We have been to Wendy’s may be over 100 times in last 12 years. Never had food poisoning. Their Double-Stack burgers are a bargain. The chili is average. They serve their food hot and fresh tasting.
Wendy’s problem in my opinion is they have many items very cheap, like near a dollar, and many others near $5. They would be better to have more items around 3 bucks, and not have so many dollar items. All they have to do is improve the dollar items by adding a bit more meat, may be a fresh tomato slice, a good quality cheese slice, or a strip of crisp bacon.
I’ve visited In N Out in Phoenix when on vacation, and they are excellent.
Jack in the Box, which used to be pretty good in the old days in California, has come to Indiana, and isn’t anything special anymore.
Our non franchise Mom and Pop operated eateries are doing very well .... Locals support business if its clean, well prepared food and not overpriced IMO .
Aways eat at Wendy’s when on road trips as the food is good, and consistent quality regardless of location. Albeit pricey of late...
Little by little, the cost of Wendy’s and some other fast food places has caught up with sit down places like Applebee’s, Red Robin’s, or your local independent diner. And you get much better food and bigger portions at the latter.
If you get a Wendy’s full sized salad and a coke, the cost is about $10.
IMO, sit down places have done a much better job at keeping prices low than fast food places have.
Most of the time when I go to fast food places, the food tastes like it’s been sitting around for hours. If I don’t ask for fries hot and crisp right out of the fryer, I will always get lukewarm, soggy fries. The opposite should be the norm - you should have to ask for lukewarm, soggy fries, not hot crispy ones.
No one ever gets food poisoning from cookies.
They should just organize a spinoff. Call it the ‘sup restauraunt chain, short for “What’s up?”, where the UP comes from UnderPerforming...
It closed? I was just there a month ago.
When I make chile myself, I sometimes use a recipe that my mother wrote down in 1938.
How about turning some of them back into Roy Rogers! I miss Roy’s. Lord knows I bought enough holsters of fries for the long commute home. (In NJ, and I finished them before I got back to NYC, and before Bloomberg was mayor, but I’m sure he was still planning ...)
The only place I ever got food poisoning and it was not serious, was at Chick-Fil-a. I sort of held back in mentioning it as I support them.
I had a coupon for a free one and stopped by the one in Ft. Walton Bch. at the mall with my BIL. It actually tasted a bit different than I am used to so there may have been something wrong beside the usual things.
I love Chick fil-A and will keep eating there if I ever get to where they are sold.
That my friend is Wendy Dave Thomas daughter that the chain was named after.All grown up
Hot redhead in the commercials (Morgan Goodwin)
my 85 year old dad and I go out of our way for Wendy’s chili.. but they screwed up not using the original bun instead of those big doughy, butter flavored kaiser hamburger buns on their Big and Juicys.. IMHO it ruined the Dave Thomas original old fashioned style hamburger/cheeseburger..
can you image the outrage if White Castle started upscaling their rolls into some kind of Kaiser roll?.. they’d go out of business..
I no longer buy Wendy’s hamburgers because the original hamburger Dave Thomas invented with the perfect bun doesn’t exist anymore
HEY ! This is a family post here, pal! (why do all those with purient minds come out on Sat. night?)
those photos are scary,and worse ive seen more and more like them everyday
Tortilla Flat, Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction
coolest location names ever?
I bet thats a good recipe
Earlier this year, we stopped at the one in Greenville, Alabama and it was the dirtiest Wendy's I have ever visited.
things like that are a bit like “loss leaders” (no markup but get the people in the store). you get someone in to buy the thing that costs $1 with little markup margin, but then they buy the fries and the drink, high-margin money makers. Place looks busy, more people go there. win-win.
My husband likes Wendy’s. The one’s we’ve eaten at have been pretty good luckily. We discovered Steak n Shake here in FL and they are amazingly good, real old-fashioned ice cream milk shakes too. Also the Checkers here is awesome. so good we actually avoid it so we don’t get too fat lol.
“The Wendy’s in Nicevklle Florida would screw up my order abojut a third of gthe time I went there.”
Were you texting them your orders?
“Were talking 130 outlets out of 6650 or <2%”
Sounds like Wendy’s is sequestering their low performers.
I’ve never had an order filled correctly at a Popeye’s or Church’s chicken.
I went to Wendy’s twice in 2006. The second time, the service was so bad that I haven’t gone back since. My guess is that the quality of the food and service wouldn’t have slipped if Dave Thomas was still running the show.
Here she is now. Still radiant as ever.
I've never seen more empty storefronts in my life. I imagine all the heartache and broken dreams these failed businesses represent.
And then I picture Zippy on one of his five-star vacations.
There are two exceptions to that, the nation’s capitol and the surrounding area, because of our tax money pouring in, and Texas, because of the free economy. We just moved from Biloxi, Mississippi to Denton, Texas last year and it’s like night and day!!
We now have several jack in the box locations in Johnson County. I remember back in 1990 White Castle had to be in a beige building in Overland Park.
123rd and Metcalf
“Based on their recent ads, had a baconator the other day”
Ditto. But both my wife and I got instant tummy aches after eating the damned things. Tummy aches that lasted a LONG time! Never again!
We do still love the chilli though.
Ahh - thought you meant the one on Roe. /whew
Wendys is ok, the worst is KFC. Their wings have broken bones and signs of internal bleeding. Will never go there again. And they are way pricey.
That one is always busy at lunch time
I never disliked Wendy’s food, but I rarely stopped at them if there was any other choice; and haven’t been in one for over 15 years, because...
I can NOT drive and “drink” a Frosty; and on the road, I’m not interested in going in to sit & eat; I want & need to keep on truckin’.
I could NOT get a SHAKE! And I got tired of asking if they had shakes yet. Not serving milkshakes at a burger joint is like not offering grilled onions & mushrooms at a steakhouse.
I can eat a burger & fries behind the wheel, using one hand and not looking at the food (I know where my mouth and hand are!) but, I can’t do that with a large drink cup & a spoon; and the Frosty could never be sucked through a straw until it melted.
That was okay (The Silver Goblet Milkshake) at Bob’s Big Boy, as I was seated to spoon it up; not trying to drive.
Call me a cliche, but when I get a burger & fries, I want a MILKSHAKE with it.
And, more to the point, a CHOICE of flavors, not Chocolate-Take-it-Or-Leave-It! Yes, MAYBE chocolate; but sometimes pineapple, or banana, or raspberry, or cherry, or a mixture of two or more: that’s why I go to DQ.
I understand that they do (allegedly) have some shakes now; and even a choice of flavors, but it is years too late to entice me back.
And I as well.
I drove down a prominent street yesterday that used to be flourishing just a couple of years ago. The businesses and restaurants that are boarded up and closed are not your isolated eyesore anymore. They are becoming the majority in some sections.
The country has been able to mask the Depression we are in with debt and EBT cards.
That facade has cracked.
The US Government cannot even pay its own FBI Agents, nurses NASA engineers, DoD Intelligence Officers, and FAA Air Traffic Controllers full wages. Almost every Federal worker is about to be furloughed, some with over a 20% gross paycut.
If things are really this bad, then Congress, the President, and all of their staff should take the same 20% pay cut.
Perhaps they will wake up to the cold hard reality of the decay of this nation.
This was the first time I ever got sick from eating at Wendy’s. The only other complaint I have at that store is miserably slow service, so I’m suspecting a management problem.
I am wondering whether the shift from full-time to part-time employees (forced by Obamacare) is having an effect on these fast food places. This Wendy’s seems to have all new people working there, I would guess recent immigrants.
Again, a management problem.
Nope. Going through the drive thru.
Confirmation from snopes: yes they do make the chili from leftover hamburgers.
Well, it’s not like they made chili from burgers that customers partially ate.
That is true.