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On Friday, Burger King announced plans to spend $400 million over the next two years to promote and renovate its restaurants.
The decision is part of a broader strategy to revive US sales.
At its annual franchisee conference, Burger King shared its plans for Las Vegas.
The investment is expected to increase by 10 to 12 cents a year based on adjusted earnings per share this year and next.
The company expects that the investment will pay off in 2025.
Meanwhile, Wall Street analysts polled by Refinitiv expected earnings per share of $3.24 next year.
Burger King’s US same-store sales growth was flat in the second quarter. The burger chain has lagged rivals like McDonald’s and Wendy’s with weak sales in the US last year.
The sales numbers worry Restaurant Brands CEO Jose Cila. During his tenure as CEO, Cil worked to revive demand for Burger King’s sister chain, Tim Hortons, in Canada.
Last year, he also hired former Domino’s Pizza CEO Tom Curtis as the new president of Burger King in the US and Canada.
Some of Burger King’s changes include a more streamlined menu to reduce wait times and fewer paper coupons to encourage customers to switch to its mobile app.
Burger King will make bolder changes. The company plans to spend $200 million to finance renovations at more than 800 locations.
More than $50 million will be used to upgrade more than 3,000 restaurants, including improvements to technology, kitchen equipment, and buildings.
Burger King hopes that a more selective and strategic approach to other projects will lead to better revenue growth, although it may take some time to see results.
“We might see remodels start to hit the market mid-2023 and going forward,” said Cil.
“It should really be a gradual ramp of the business over the course of the couple of years.”
The company also increased its advertising budget by 30%, investing $120 million over the next two years.
Investments will start in the fourth quarter.
“We expect that to start having an impact on sales over the next quarter,” Cil said.
$30 million will be spent on improving mobile apps by 2024.
Burger King also plans to revamp its menu in a multi-year project that includes developing new Whopper flavors, committing to Royal Chicken Crisp sandwiches and investing more in employee training.
Burger King’s strategy is supported by subsidiaries that operate 93 percent of its restaurants in the United States.
Operators and companies will spend money on renovations and advertising.
Over the past three to six months, Tom Curtis and his team have been building a pool of franchisees to develop a strategy.
In addition to Burger King’s funding, franchisees upgrading restaurants must make similar investments to finance these projects.
Burger King is also changing its incentive structure, encouraging the operator to undertake a major overhaul.
The operator of the former renovated Burger King restaurant has been granted a discount on advertising and licensing fees for more than seven years.
The new program also provides them with funding after projects are completed and allows them to choose a discount on royalties paid to the company.
However, Burger King franchisees will have to pay higher ad fund fees if profitability targets are met.
Burger King unveils $400 million plan to revive US sales with investments in renovations and advertising