Subway’s Woes?

There are concerns that Subway’s growth strategy may be impacting the company’s ability to grow. In the last two years, the brand has shuttered nearly 1,000 locations each year. One of the primary complaints is that the push to expand too quickly has led to an overabundance of stores and shrinking sales and success on ...

Placer Bites: Popeyes, Burger King Drive RBI’s Big Quarter & Walgreens Outlook

Restaurant Brands International (QSR) is the parent company of two of the more interesting QSR brands in the country - Burger King and Popeyes. With McDonald’s recently seeing a dip in visits, questions will naturally arise around the performance of RBI’s two leading players. So what did Q3 mean for Burger King and Popeyes? Chicken ...

What Off Price Retail Shows Us

There are a myriad of reasons why off-price retailers succeed and whether it is the cost or the experience, the impact is clear. Ross announced that it had successfully launched 100 new stores in 2019, even while other major brands were rapidly shuttering locations. We looked into these two off-price retail leaders to analyze their ...

Kroger’s Decline

Early in 2019, Kroger’s was listed by a top retail research firm as the fourth-largest grocer in the world. Yet, the year that began with such a proud status, has seen the brand endure a difficult period in the US. The company announced plans to lay off hundreds of employees with concerns that the turnaround ...

Placer Bites: Dick’s on the Rebound, Costco Continues to Rise

Dick’s Sporting Goods is on the rebound and looking for ways to keep the momentum moving in the right direction. Beyond announcing the opening of new stores the company also disclosed a plan to improve its offering to women and girls in order to continue driving growth. We dove into the data to see how ...

Jimmy Gets Inspired

Inspire Brands, owner of restaurant chains Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sonic, recently added the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain to its portfolio. We dug into location data to see how the brand is performing and where its growth potential may lie. Make Way for Jimmy To start, we looked at the Jimmy John’s chain’s performance ...

Beyond Bed, Bath & Beyond

In cases like this, the title almost writes itself. Recent reporting has stated that Bed, Bath & Beyond could be looking for a buyer for the whole company or some of its sub-brands. While we dug into the mothership in August, the rumors provided a great opportunity to analyze some of Bed, Bath & Beyond’s ...