Chipotle Panera and other fastcasual chains continue to lead the field in expansion

Chipotle, Panera and other fast-casual chains continue to lead the field in expansion.

Fast-casual concepts continue to outpace industry

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By several measures, fast-casual restaurant chains are outperforming the average restaurant, according to a recent census by industry trackers at The NPD Group.

The number of fast-casual chain restaurants rose by 5 percent to 19,043 total units, based on NPD’s Fall 2015 ReCount restaurant census, which includes units open as of September 30, 2015. Traffic to fast-casual restaurants grew even faster, with 6 percent more customer visits in the year ending February 2016 compared to

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