There's Hope For The Indy Burger
The NPD Group’s latest ReCount census of commercial restaurant locations finds that numbers of both independent and chain restaurants have risen, the first time since 2009 that both sectors have increased. As of March 31, 2012, the number of independent restaurants stood at 320,194, a net increase of 984 from the Spring 2011 ReCount. Independents had shown a net loss of 1,331 in 2011 and 1,172 in 2010.The count for chain restaurants stood at 272,367 on March 31, or 46% of the total. The number of chain locations increased by 1,888 in the past year.