Red Robin de­parts from Milford, Danbury malls

The News-Times - - BUSINESS - By Jor­dan Grice Jor­[email protected]­medi­

Red Robin Gourmet Burg­ers restau­rants in the Milford and Danbury malls have been shut­tered.

The two were among the 10 Red Robin lo­ca­tions that were closed Fri­day, fol­low­ing a Thurs­day con­fer­ence call an­nounc­ing de­clin­ing rev­enue and restau­rant at­ten­dance for the Colorado-based com­pany.

“As our fi­nan­cial re­sults demon­strate, there is still much work to be done on the turn­around, and we are mov­ing with ur­gency,” Pat­tye Moore, board chair and in­terim CEO of Red Robin Gourmet Burg­ers Inc., said in a news re­lease.

Red Robin’s to­tal rev­enue took al­most a 3 per­cent hit, drop­ping to $409.9 mil­lion from its $421.5 mil­lion in April 2018.

Af­ter the clos­ing of these 10 restau­rants, more than 560 Red Robin lo­ca­tions re­main in North Amer­ica — just over 540 in the U.S. and 18 in Canada — ac­cord­ing to a com­pany spokesper­son.

Connecticu­t also has Red Robin lo­ca­tions in West Hartford, Manch­ester, and En­field.

“The clo­sures are part of a pre­vi­ously an­nounced and on­go­ing reassessme­nt of Red Robin’s real es­tate port­fo­lio that in­cludes look­ing at strate­gies to im­prove prof­itabil­ity of ex­ist­ing lo­ca­tions, as well as iden­ti­fy­ing mar­kets for po­ten­tial re­fran­chis­ing,” said Red Robin spokesper­son Kevin Cau­field in an email to Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia.

The burger chain’s restau­rants have a strug­gled with a de­clin­ing prof­its and lag­ging foot traf­fic. Restau­rant rev­enue dropped from $14.2 mil­lion in the first quar­ter of 2018 to $13.5 mil­lion in this year’s open­ing quar­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Cau­field, em­ploy­ees dis­placed by the clo­sures were of­fered trans­fers to other Red Robin lo­ca­tions. The near­est Red Robin to the Danbury and Milford lo­ca­tions are in West Hartford.

The de­par­ture of the chain restau­rant leaves a va­cancy in both malls which of­fi­cials said they plan to fill.

“Connecticu­t Post Mall has val­ued its long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Red Robin,” said mall spokes­woman Kelly Frantz in an emailed state­ment. “We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing shop­pers with out­stand­ing, sought-af­ter stores and restau­rants and have been ex­plor­ing other op­tions that will en­hance our cus­tomers’ shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and bet­ter meet the needs of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The Milford restau­rant had opened in 2015.

Red Robin is lat­est in sev­eral a chain brands clos­ing lo­ca­tions this year. It’s join­ing Star­bucks, which an­nounced last year that it would be clos­ing roughly 150 cafés this year for poor per­for­mance.

Jor­dan Grice / Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia

The Red Robin Gourmet Burg­ers at the Connecticu­t Post Mall in Milford is closed for good, along with a Danbury Fair mall lo­ca­tion.

Red Robin has shut­tered 10 un­der­per­form­ing restau­rants na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing two in Connecticu­t.

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