Burger Chain Announces Closure of 26 Michigan Restaurants, Resulting in 424 Employee Layoffs by April 15th


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One of the largest fast food chains in the world, has had its share of struggles since 2020, with the closure of 26 restaurants in Michigan with 424 job losses by April 15.

But what caused these closures, and what does it mean for the future of the fast food chain Burger King in Michigan?

Read on to find out which stores will be affected.

Who is affected by the Burger King closures?

Burger King has announced it will close 26 restaurants across Michigan and lay off 424 employees as of April 15th.

The closures will primarily affect Detroit but also Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Ferndale, Flint, Highland Park, Livonia, Royal Oak, Southfield, Walled Lake, Warren, and Whitmore Lake.

What caused the closure of Burger King restaurants?

The closure of the restaurants is due to an inability to reach an agreement between EYM King of Michigan LLC and Burger King Corp.

Many of the closures have already begun, with the East 8 Mile Road site in Detroit being the worst affected, with 30 employees being laid off.

Why are the Burger King closures significant for the fast food industry?

Burger King, which ranks among the top five largest fast food chains in the United States, operates its restaurants in over 19,000 locations worldwide.

As of March 13th, 2023, there are 7,257 Burger King stores across the United States, with 4% of those stores located in Michigan.

The vast majority of its restaurants, over 99%, are privately franchised, according to sources. Every day, the restaurant chain serves more than 11 million customers.

Burger King employees have expressed concern about the possibility of layoffs, with a Comparably poll of Burger King staff, based on 2,585 employees, finding a 29% concern rate.

On March 1st, Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands, brought in a new CEO, Josh Kobza, to help the company recover its spot as the US’ second-largest burger chain.

This is a developing story with a spokesperson from the company telling FOX Business: "We are aware of the situation but cannot comment at this time due to pending litigation"

Where are the Burger King closures taking place?

By mid-April, the Burger King locations listed below in Metro Detroit will be closed:

  • Dearborn Heights: 20401 West Warren Avenue
  • Detroit: 20200 Grand River Avenue
  • Detroit: 2155 Gratiot Avenue
  • Detroit: 9239 Gratiot Avenue
  • Detroit: 18021 Kelly Road
  • Detroit: 9871 Livernois
  • Detroit: 16245 Livernois
  • Detroit: 20240 Plymouth Road
  • Detroit: 12661 Mack Avenue
  • Detroit: 13600 West McNichols Road
  • Detroit: 17440 East Warren Avenue
  • Detroit: 8201 Woodward Avenue
  • Detroit: 15500 West 7 Mile Road
  • Ecorse: 3863 West Jefferson Avenue
  • Ferndale: 10336 West 8 Mile Road
  • Flint: 3801 Clio Road
  • Flint: 3625 South Dort Highway
  • Highland Park: 13324 Woodward Avenue
  • Livonia: 28203 Plymouth Road
  • Livonia: 34835 Plymouth Avenue
  • Royal Oak: 31456 Woodward Avenue
  • Southfield: 30711 Southfield Road
  • Southfield: 23660 Telegraph Road
  • Walled Lake: 1113 East West Maple Road
  • Warren: 2411 East 8 Mile Road
  • Whitmore Lake: 9774 East M-36

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