I am deeply troubled by the news that Burger King is shutting down 26 restaurants in Michigan, resulting in the loss of 424 jobs. It is disheartening to see hardworking Americans losing their livelihoods due to unforeseen business circumstances.
This decision will primarily impact stores in Detroit, as well as other cities such as Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Ferndale, Flint, Highland Park, Livonia, Royal Oak, Southfield, Walled Lake, Warren, and Whitmore Lake. The closures are set to take place by April 15th.
It is unfortunate that Burger King and its franchisees were unable to reach a consensus, leading to this outcome. The Detroit East 8 Mile Road location is particularly hard-hit, with 30 employees set to be laid off.
It is also concerning to note that a poll conducted by Comparably revealed that 29% of Burger King employees expressed anxiety over potential layoffs. While staff had a moderate degree of trust in the company’s future prospects, customers expected Burger King to maintain its current status.
We believe in supporting businesses and job creation. It is disheartening to see these closures and the loss of jobs in Michigan. We must work together to ensure that our economy recovers from the impacts of the pandemic and that businesses can thrive.
Unfortunately, Burger King is not the only business experiencing difficulties in the current economic climate. The restaurant industry as a whole is facing significant challenges. FSR magazine’s January 2023 report predicts that the nation will experience a sharp decline of 15%, or around 100,000 restaurants. This is a dramatic contrast to recent years of growth.
What stores are in the process of shutting their doors?
- Dearborn Heights: 20401 West Warren Avenue
- Detroit: 17440 East Warren Avenue
- Detroit: 20200 Grand River Avenue
- Detroit: 2155 Gratiot Avenue
- Detroit: 9239 Gratiot Avenue
- Detroit: 18021 Kelly Road
- Detroit: 16245 Livernois
- Detroit: 9871 Livernois
- Detroit: 12661 Mack Avenue
- Detroit: 20240 Plymouth Road
- Detroit: 13600 West McNichols Road
- Detroit: 15500 West 7 Mile Road
- Detroit: 8201 Woodward Avenue
- 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
The closures of these Burger King locations are just one example of an increasingly common trend of high-street stores shutting down across the country. Many shops have had difficulty restoring their customer base due to the mounting cost of living, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
We must advocate for policies that promote economic growth and support businesses. We believe in lowering taxes and reducing unnecessary regulations that stifle entrepreneurship and innovation. We also support efforts to address rising inflation and the high cost of living that many Americans are facing.
It is important to remember that these closures are not just numbers on a page. They represent real people losing their jobs and livelihoods. As we move forward, we must prioritize creating jobs and supporting workers.
We urge the Burger King Corporation to do everything in their power to help their affected employees find new job opportunities. Additionally, we hope that these Michigan locations can be reopened in the future with another company at their helm.