How restaurants are leveraging Planned Grocery data for strategic site selection

See why grocery development data should be a factor in your brand’s real estate decision-making process

For decades, general retailers’ ability to attract significant shopping traffic proved lucrative for neighboring businesses—particularly restaurant brands. However, mass store closures and a major shift toward online retailing have pushed grocery to the front of the anchor tenant line. These days, leading restaurant brands rely heavily on grocery development data to pick better locations.

One thing is certain, in good times and bad, demand for consumer staples like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and toilet paper does not fade. Despite widespread economic uncertainties, grocers are less susceptible to recessions, and often enjoy strong performance when other industries struggle. This is why Planned Grocery offers a competitive advantage. Their robust dataset provides insights on:

  • Planned expansion
  • Store sizes & characteristics
  • Opening dates
  • Building status

So, how are restaurants leveraging this data for strategic site selection?

  1. Improved predictive modeling and accuracy

    Industry leaders like Burger King, Inspire Brands and Checkers leverage A.I.-powered predictive modeling platforms to make fast, accurate location decisions (based on demographics, customer segmentation, mobile location, and traffic data). The addition of grocery development information strengthens their sales forecasts exponentially. 

    See how SiteZeus, a leading market planning platform, uses grocery development data to change the game:

  2. Identify Synergistic co-tenants for fast location scouting

    As the adage says, “we are known by the company we keep.” The same holds true in the restaurant world. With A.I.-powered predictive models, proactive multi-unit restaurants can determine which grocery brands to follow—and how closely—to maximize revenue potential.

    For example, a QSR brand may identify Kroger as an ideal anchor tenant with the capacity to boost sales significantly. By leveraging planned grocery data, that QSR can select new locations within a 2-mile trade area of existing, planned, or nearly complete Kroger locations.

  3. FSR & QSR brands can quickly benefit from the premium grocer effect

    Studies have shown that premium grocers such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are associated with higher-income trade areas. They often influence a higher price for apartment rentals and real estate. This is known as the premium grocer effect. For many FSR and QSR brands, these higher-income trade areas are preferred, as they share a similar customer segment.

    By feeding Planned Grocery’s dataset into an A.I.-powered predictive model, multi-unit restaurant brands can proactively follow the best grocery brands, minimize the risk involved with traditional demographics, and expedite site selection far ahead of the competition.

  4. Author

    John Rodd

    Marketing Specialist, 


    John Rodd is the Marketing Specialist at SiteZeus - a cutting-edge predictive analytics platform based in Tampa, FL. By delivering A.I.-powered growth and optimization models, SiteZeus is the go-to solution for multi-unit brands like Subway, Burger King, Inspire Brands and Checkers.

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