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Report: U.S. Restaurant Count Increases by 4,442
January 24, 2013

According to a recent U.S. restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, there were 4,442 more restaurants in fall 2012 than there were in fall 2011. The total number of restaurants is now 616,008, which is a 0.7 percent increase over last year.

The census report, called ReCount, is a count of commercial restaurant locations in the United States compiled in the spring and fall each year. The fall 2012 report showed that most of the increase in units occurred in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) segment, which showed a 1 percent increase in units, or an additional 4,037 units.

Full-service restaurant units, including casual dining, mid-scale/family dining and fine dining restaurants, remained relatively stable from the fall 2011 report.

The total chain restaurant count grew to 276,238, a 1.1 percent increase compared to last year’s count. 

Independent restaurant units remained stable at a total count of 339,770, a slight increase of 0.4 percent, which is the second consecutive increase for independents since 2009, reports NPD.