Around the Web: Subway shutters 359, KFC delivers buckets to London
Around the web today in the quick-service universe, subs and drumsticks are capturing the lion's share of online attention, beginning with news that Subway shuttered 359 restaurants last year across the nation. Although it's still the world's largest fast-food chain with 26,744 U.S. locations as of 2016, it attributed the closures and falling sales last year to intense fast food industry competition, according to coverage reported in Reuters.
The chain’s U.S. sales dropped 1.7 percent last year, though international sales grew almost 4 percent. Cost-cutting has also been underway at competitor and burger superpower, McDonald’s which cut locations over the last several years.
Also this week at Subway, the chain named former McDonald's executive Karlin Linhardt as senior vice president of marketing in the U.S. and Canada.
Buckets heading to Buckingham
KFC London is joining the industry-wide embrace of all things related to delivery.
The city's 30 KFC units are now delivering to homes and offices across the region, thanks to a partnership with Just Eat. With orders placed via app or website, the British "takeaway service" now delivers buckets-full of finger-lickin' goodness all around Greater London-town.
"We're thrilled to welcome KFC to the Just Eat platform, offering our customers in London an even wider choice of food than ever before," UK Managing Director of Just Eat Graham Corfield, told the British daily, the Independent. "We're adding KFC restaurants every week, meaning more customers will be able to enjoy KFC’s world famous chicken at the click of a button in their area very soon."