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Wendy's plans 700 kitchens expressly for food delivery apps

The 'ghost kitchens' are coming to the UK, US and Canada.
RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 12: A view of a Wendy's restaurant on May 12, 2021 in Richmond, California. Wendy's reported first quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations with revenues of $460.2 million compared to $405 million one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Kris Holt
Kris Holt|@krisholt|August 12, 2021 6:02 PM

Given how convenient it is to tap a few buttons and have someone bring dinner to your door, food delivery isn't likely to drop in popularity anytime soon. Wendy's is looking to meet surging demand by opening hundreds of delivery-only kitchens in the next few years. The likes of Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub will handle orders.

Wendy's is planning to open 700 such kitchens in the US, UK and Canada by 2025, as the Associated Press reports. The locations will primarily be in major cities and the first 50 should be up and running this year.

Reef Technology, which already manages around 5,000 so-called "ghost kitchens," will open the Wendy's locations and hire workers. Wendy's will take around a six percent cut of sales, which are expected to hit at least $500,000 annually at each kitchen.

The concept of ghost kitchens has been around for several years. They're kitchens without storefronts that make food orders only for delivery or pickup — some are run out of existing brick-and-mortar restaurants. Other fast food chains have experimented with the idea, including Chick-fil-A and Chipotle. Meanwhile, YouTuber MrBeast uses ghost kitchens for his burger chain, which has more than 900 locations. 

Wendy's plans 700 kitchens expressly for food delivery apps