Coronavirus vs. Fast Food Restaurants: Who Wins?

McDonald’s Corp said on Wednesday it would temporarily remove some items from its U.S. menu as it focuses on simplifying operations in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Generally across the country, restaurants have been forced to either shut their doors or dramatically limit service to only delivery or take out.

“To simplify operations in our kitchens and for our crew… we are working with our franchisees and local restaurants to focus on serving our most popular choices and will begin temporarily removing some items from the menu over the next few weeks,” said Bill Garrett, senior vice president of operations for McDonald’s USA in a statement to Reuters.

The world’s largest burger chain, McDonald’s, is considering deferring rent and service fees for its American-based franchisees.

The U.S. restaurant industry is likely to be among the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as scared customers cook at home instead of dining out and governments force restaurants to encourage patrons to minimize the virus’ spread. But, McDonald’s isn’t the only fast food chain experiencing the drop in sales and customers.

Yum! Brands Inc’s KFC chain and Subway sandwich shops have completely closed most, if not all, of their locations throughout the United States.

As the sanctioned restrictions on businesses continues to contain the spread of the coronavirus, finding fast food options may become very scarce. And, with many grocery stores struggling to keep shelves stocked, with millions of Americans at home, finding food at all could be a real challenge in the coming weeks.

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