MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis residents grapple with long lines for their fast food as the short-staffed industry recovers from the challenges of 2020.
“This is the third or fourth time I’ve waited at this McDonald’s,” said Brad Shideler, who backed out of his order at a McDonald’s on Poplar Avenue near Tillman Street on Friday afternoon. “I just left.”
According to market data from Statista.com, fast food industry revenue fell nearly $40 million at the height of the pandemic in 2020. Revenue rebounded in 2021 as Americans returned to work, but many restaurants are still facing staff shortages and high inflation. in food prices.
FOX13 Memphis hit Poplar Avenue Friday afternoon at lunchtime to order staples from McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Popeye’s and Chick-fil-A.
“It took us about twenty minutes to get into the drive-thru,” Rebecca Bronson said. “It was just Chick-fil-A.”
When asked if it was worth the wait, her ten-year-old nephew Will said “yes!”
FOX13 put fast food to the test during the Friday Noon Rush between 11 a.m. and noon. These are our results after queuing at some of the popular fast food destinations around Memphis.
Taco Bell on Poplar Ave – 2 mins
McDonald’s on South Highland Street – 5 mins
Chick-fil-A on Poplar Avenue – 20 minutes
Popeyes on Poplar Avenue – 20 mins
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