Hooters Clips It’s Wings, Closes Dozens of Locations Due to ‘Market Conditions’

Hooters, the Atlanta-based sports bar chain, has recently shut down about 40 underperforming restaurants across the United States, joining a growing list of eateries shutting down due to inflation and changing consumer habits, according to reports.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, on Sunday, there were rumors circulating that many Hooters locations, including those in Lakeland, Florida; Bryan, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky, were closing without warning.

Hooters told the publication in a statement on Monday that they made the decision to close select underperforming stores to match current market conditions.

In those rare instances, making sure their staff is okay is their priority.

Restaurant consulting firm Technomic found that Hooters went from having 333 restaurants in 2018 to 2093 in 2023, indicating a 12% drop in the number of stores.

“With new Hooters restaurants opening domestically and internationally, new Hooters frozen products launching at grocery stores, and the Hooters footprint expanding into new markets with both company and franchise locations, this brand of 41 years remains highly resilient and relevant… We look forward to continuing to serve our guests at home, on the go and at our restaurants here in the U.S. and around the globe.” – Hooters

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