Pollo Tropical to shutter 10 locations in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas

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Pollo Tropical to shutter 10 locations in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas
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Pollo Tropical, the restaurant chain best known for its chicken dishes with a Caribbean twist, has announced the closure of 10 underperforming restaurants.

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Decline in comp sales and feverish expansion are blamed 

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.—the parent company of the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana fast casual restaurant brands—blames the closure primarily on two factors: A decline in comparable sales at certain Pollo Tropical stores and rapid expansion in the Southwest that may have been too much too soon.

“After a period of aggressively growing Pollo Tropical in Texas we have hit the pause button to focus on building brand affinity, frequency and awareness, while continuing balanced system development over time, Interim Fiesta President and Chief Executive Officer Danny Meisenheimer said in a press release.

We believe closing or rebranding these underperforming stores provides the opportunity to further strengthen our operational and financial performance across the remaining restaurants in Texas and across our Pollo Tropical brand as a whole.”

Affected restaurants include eight in Texas, one in Nashville and one in Atlanta. Three of the Texas locations will be rebranded as Taco Cabana restaurants. No word yet on which three those will be.

Frisco

9055 John Hickman Parkway

Frisco, TX 75035

Watauga

7304 Denton Highway

Watauga, TX 76148

Dallas

4622 Greenville Avenue

Dallas, TX 75206

Denton

2220 South Loop 288

Denton, TX 76205

Southlake

2640 Southlake Blvd.

Southlake, TX 76092

New Braunfels/San Antonio

1188 IH 35 S

New Braunfels, TX 78130

Houston

6311 Garth Road

Baytown, TX 77521

Houston

3170 Gulf Freeway

League City, TX 77573

Nashville

6704 Charlotte Pike

Nashville, TN 37209

East Cobb/Marietta

680 Johnson Ferry Road

Marietta, GA 30068

The announcement of the closure of the 10 stores comes at an odd time. As recently as September, Fiesta said it planned to add up to 14-17 new locations in Florida and Georgia in 2017, in addition to 8-10 new Taco Cabana locations in Texas.

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