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Drive-Thru Digest

February 9, 2022

Matt Cook, Editor

Our articles this week focus more on company announcements and news, highlighting the continued momentum for the drive-thru segment.  Jimmy’s John’s new drive-thru concept looks interesting.  And there are a handful of insightful analyses on inflation, fast casual trends, and tech.

Stop at your local drive-thru, grab a cup of coffee, and (once you are safely at your desk!) enjoy this week’s issue of the Drive Thru Digest!

And now, the news…

Drive-Thru Digest – Issue #6

Groves Chick-fil-A using 2nd-largest Texas footprint to revamp drive-thru experience

Chick-fil-A being built in Groves is big — literally. In fact, the footprint for the restaurant is the second largest in Texas, according to the owner.

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Jimmy John's opened its first drive-thru-only store as the trend takes over the industry — here's what it looks like

The design fits in with the trend of contemporary-looking glass restaurants with clean lines, as described to Insider by Tom Cook, a principal at the King-Casey restaurant consulting agency.

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Rising costs and inflation are reshaping fast-food, forcing chains to cut portion sizes, eliminate deals, and hide the value menu

Chains have to consider raising prices thanks to new and costly challenges that have emerged, like inflation and growing labor costs, Kalinowski Equity Research CEO Mark Kalinowski told Insider. They "don't necessarily want to discount as heavily" as they did a few years ago, so low-cost value menus can be the easiest choice to go.

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Shake Shack Opens Its Latest Restaurant With a Drive-Thru in Alpharetta

The building was given a complete Shake Shack overhaul, adding a large patio, an ordering kiosk, and redesigned dining room to the burger restaurant. People can preorder online to pick up their food from the drive-thru. Local delivery is also available.

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Starbucks Plans To Open More US Stores Than It Closes in Adjusting Real Estate Recipe

Globally, the Company Plans To Open About 2,000 New Stores in Coming Year

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Dunkin’ building a GO drive-thru and walk-up model in North Jacksonville

The doughnut and coffee shop opened its first Florida concept with no indoor seating in St. Johns County.

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Chipotle opens new drive-thru location in South Jordan

America's beloved Chipotle Mexican Grill is excited to announce their newest Utah location at 3561 West 11400 South in South Jordan. The new location has a drive-thru feature where customers can pick up digital orders without leaving their cars. via a “Chipotlane.”

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CAVA is Emerging from COVID a Fast-Casual Powerhouse

The growing Mediterranean chain has never been more connected to guests.

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Portillo’s drive-thru sold to SoCal buyer for $1.7M

Hanley Investment Real Estate Advisors completed the sale of a new construction, single-tenant net-leased retail property occupied by a Portillo’s drive-thru restaurant in Glendale.

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Drive-Thru Pop Up LLC Launches Affordable Fresh Grocery Markets to Urban Neighborhoods

Drive-Thru Pop Up LLC is launching affordable fresh grocery markets to support urban cities within the US market. In most American cities, there is a significant trend developing in which the availability of fresh food at reasonable prices is limited.

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Charlotte restaurant makes history as first Black-owned vegan drive-thru in southeast US

A new restaurant here in Charlotte, ‘Romeo’s Vegan Burgers’, is making waves as the only Black-owned vegan drive-thru in the southeastern US.

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Starbucks plans demolition of traffic-snarling drive-thru

A Starbucks drive-thru that has drawn complaints for years for its habit of backing up traffic at the Snelling and Marshall intersection in St. Paul may be on its way out.

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Businesses rally behind Taco Boy in drive-thru fight

Local businesses are getting behind a restaurant’s fight with the city of Mt. Pleasant over its drive-thru, and some of the allies are competitors.

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Drive-thru supermarket eyeing June opening for first Dothan location

A drive-thru supermarket is coming to Dothan, Alabama soon with its owner eyeing an opening date in June.

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Where is Fast Casual Headed?

In the end, being thought of as a superior quick-serve may be the most coveted position of all.

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Why are so many Starbucks stores temporarily closed?

Anyone with a Starbucks stop in their daily routine will tell you, grabbing your order has gotten a lot more complicated lately.

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The Family Who Evolved Audio in QSRs

OrderMatic, a brand Acrelec recently acquired, has been a pioneer in the drive-in experience in America.

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Restaurants Hedge Their Bets with a Future-Proof Tech Stack

Key considerations must include a strong mobile strategy with location capabilities that facilitate fulfillment, automation, and self-service.

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Man Draws Gun At Chick-Fil-A Drive-Thru, Accidentally Shoots Himself In An Argument

A 23-year-old man in Mississippi was killed after he accidentally shot himself during an argument over his order at a Chick-Fil-A drive-thru.

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Eddie Hall stuns McDonald's Festival Park drive-thru customers

The Beast, the former Strongest Man in the World, worked a shift at the restaurant for the launch of the new McPlant burger

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Always Say “Tanks” in the Drive-Thru

Driving your SHERP through a McDonald's drive thru is on every owners bucket list!

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