Report Highlights

RR’s New Unit Investment Industry Data Report provides average building cost estimate details (excluding land) for 47 national restaurant chains.

Conclusions

(1) the sales-to-investment ratio for $1B+ chains continues to trend down after peaking in 2013 as higher construction costs have outpaced the growth in new build AUVs; (2) new build ROI is also pressured by declining unit level margins; (3) declining trends are offset by appealing franchisor development incentives; (4) in any case, RR’s New Build vs. Buy Ratio rose for the 4rd consecutive year given a decline in store level acquisition multiples; (5) cost effective conversions seem to be the way to go post-lockdown; and (6) 4 chains introduced new building prototypes and a key post-lockdown question has to do with the role of sit-down building formats.

New Unit Investment 2020 – 2021 – Report Outline