Jack in the Box reported a 4.2% decrease in same-store sales for the second quarter ended April 12. But the company was seeing improvement in the beginning of the third quarter, with an 8% positive same-store sales trend during the first three weeks of Q3.
Consolidated same-store sales declined 14.1% for The One Group Hospitality, parent to STK and Kona Grill, in the first quarter ended March 31. March alone accounted for a 55.9% drop. In the month of April, weekly sales grew sequentially 1.5 times from the first to the last week of the month. The company was beginning to reopen dining rooms with the help of Paycheck Protection Program loans.
For the first quarter ended March 31, BJ’s same-store sales declined 15.5%. In the week ended May 5, same-store sales were down 67.6%, an improvement from the worst comparison week of March 24, when same-store sales declines were 81.7%. BJ’s announced in early May that it was cutting back this year’s plans for new units.
CEC Entertainment, parent to Chuck E. Cheese’s and Peter Piper Pizza, reported same-store sales declines of 21.9% in the first quarter ended March 29. In early May, the company was fighting eviction in Dallas after the brand sought rent forgiveness. CEC was also looking at strategic business alternatives.
At Wendy’s, global same-store sales were up 3.9% in the two months ended March 1 and down 8.6% in the month ended March 29. Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, same-store sales were down 26.7% in the week ended April 5, gradually improving to down 9.9% in the week ended April 26. The company was experiencing “spot outages” of beef and credited its introduction of breakfast with 8% of sales through April.
Wingstop saw first-quarter domestic same-store sales increases of 9.9%. Between March 29 and April 25, U.S. same-store sales increases were 33.4%. The company credits delivery promotions for the April spike.
Papa John’s reported a same-store sales increase of 5.3% in North America for the first quarter ended March 29, and an increase of 26.9% in April, the strongest month in company history. The company attributes its current strength to menu innovation and the pizza delivery model.
For the first quarter ended March 24, Del Taco reported a 3.4% decrease in systemwide same-store sales. By early May, trends were improving, swinging from a decrease of 30% at the start of the second quarter to down 10% at franchise stores and down 14.9% at company stores during the two most recently completed fiscal weeks. The company said it got a boost from app promotions, dollar deals and expanded delivery.
For the first quarter ended March 29, same-store sales at Bloomin’ Brands, parent to Outback Steakhouse and other casual-dining brands, were down 10.4% systemwide. In the week ended May 3, Bloomin’ said same-store sales were down 48% across its four brands and that it was “tightly managing” its cash usage. As of May 5, the company was reopening its dining rooms as restrictions eased. At the 23 units open on May 3, same-store sales were down 17% from the prior year, and the company saw limited declines in off-premise business.
Texas Roadhouse recorded same-store sales declines of 8.4% at company units and 8.5% at domestic franchised units for the first quarter ended March 31. While same-store sales were down 22.5% in the week ended March 17, when the pandemic restrictions began, and down 73% in the following week ended March 24, the company had trimmed that decline to 45.3% in the week ended April 28. Same-store sales for all of April were down 46.7%. CEO Kent Taylor said the company’s pivot to off-premise and “play-to-win” attitude is what helped cut the same-store sales decline.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen posted same-store sales growth of 29.2% in the U.S. during the first quarter ended March 31, while parent Restaurant Brands International reported drops at its other two brands: 3.7% at Burger king and 10.3% at Tim Hortons. RBI put emphasis on digital efforts at all three chains, according to CEO Jose Cil.
Dunkin’ reported a same-store sales decline of 2% for the quarter ended March 28. As a brand that caters to people’s morning rituals, it took a hit as those rituals were disrupted by layoffs and stay-at-home orders. Sister brand Baskin-Robbins ended the quarter with comps up 1.8% thanks to 11% growth in the first 10 weeks of the quarter. Parent company Dunkin’ Brands Group was offering relief for franchisees in late April.
In the U.S., McDonald’s reported a same-store sales decline of 13.4% for March and about 20% in April (as of April 30). The company was planning to rebuild breakfast sales in particular, as the daypart was down more than others, and was debating whether to return to a standard “pre-crisis” menu or stick to the limited version.
Dine Brands Global reported same-store sales declines of 10.6% at Applebee’s and 14.7% at IHOP for the quarter ended March 31. From mid-March through late April, IHOP’s sales were 25% of what they were a year ago and Applebee’s were at 35%, which CEO Steve Joyce said “wildly exceeded” where he thought they’d be. As of April 29, the company had begun reopening dining rooms in Georgia and Tennessee.
For the third quarter ended March 25, Brinker International saw same-store sales declines of 5.3% at company-owned Chili’s units, 6.3% at Chili’s U.S. franchise units, 9.5% at Chili’s international franchise units, and 9.9% at company-owned Maggiano’s units. At their lowest, Chili’s sales were close to 35% of the prior year’s, but had clawed their way back to 57% by late April as the company prepared to reopen dining rooms.
Yum Brands posted a 7% decline in global same-store sales for the first quarter ended March 31, driven primarily by declines at KFC and Pizza Hut, which logged global declines of 8% and 11%, respectively. Taco Bell, though hit hard by drops in the late-night and breakfast dayparts, closed the quarter with a 1% increase. In late April, Pizza Hut was accelerating its turnaround plan with contactless ordering.
Chipotle Mexican Grill eked out a 3.3% increase in same-store sales in the first quarter, as quarterly digital sales hit a record $372 million. The chain was seeing gains in loyalty members, delivery and mobile orders during the pandemic, as positive trends continued into April.