Around 200 low-volume McDonald’s restaurants housed by Walmart closed in 2020. The retail giant is now replacing those empty spaces with ghost kitchens, a restaurant concept that allows consumers to order food from multiple restaurant brands at once with food cooked in a central kitchen with no dine-in option for the consumer.
Ghost kitchens (also known as cloud kitchens, dark kitchens, or virtual kitchens) was named an 2021 emerging space by PitchBook and seem to be an attractive investment from a business standpoint as it reduces traditional operational costs such as rent and staffing. Could this be the same for sustainability as well? Could this rise in ghost kitchens reduce the amount of resources and space used by the restaurant industry in a significant way?
Emerging space: Ghost kitchens https://pitchbook.com/blog/emerging-space-ghost-kitchens
Business Model Innovation – Ghost Kitchens http://lumosbusiness.com/business-model-innovation-ghost-kitchens/
McDonald's is closing more restaurants in Walmart stores, but Taco Bell, Domino's and others are moving in https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/shopping/2021/04/09/walmart-mcdonalds-closings-taco-bell-dominos-opening/7156764002/