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Nando's Canada closing 21 locations amid pandemic losses

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I've never seen the appeal of this place so I can see why they're closing.
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This thread is a repost.
WMPCOT wrote: I've never seen the appeal of this place so I can see why they're closing.
It's not closing.

From the restaurants permanently closed thread: (posted earlier in the day)
sprung wrote: bye Nando's

playnicee1 wrote: Nando's Bay Street, Kennedy Commons and Queen street west remain open for pick up only. (You have to go online to place the order. No phone orders, but Uber eats and Skip the dishes orders will also be accepted)
All other locations in Toronto are now permanently closed.
(this also includes Nando's @ Eglinton & Brentcliffe as one of the locations gone)
playnicee1 wrote: Not bye.
It's only 21 locations. NOT the whole chain.

"Twenty-seven other locations — including 14 franchises — in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario will remain open. The 21 unnamed corporate owned-and-operated spots “have not been commercially viable for some time,” the company said.
Nando’s Canada will attempt to move employees to other locations.

SOURCE: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavir ... -1.4941200
Time and date of original news Source posting: May 15th, 2020 2:04 pm

Time and date of repost (this thread) source: May 15th, 2020 3:50 pm
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playnicee1 wrote: This thread is a repost.



It's not closing.

From the restaurants permanently closed thread: (posted earlier in the day)







Time and date of original news Source posting: May 15th, 2020 2:04 pm

Time and date of repost (this thread) source: May 15th, 2020 3:50 pm
I am unsure of which article you read but mine said the following:

"Nando’s is closing 21 of its Canadian restaurants after the COVID-19 pandemic “exacerbated” existing financial difficulties."

“Regrettably, Nando’s has made the difficult decision to consolidate its Canadian business, to lay a solid foundation for the future. Over the next few weeks, Nando’s Canada will move to permanently close 21 of its corporate owned-and-operated restaurants.”
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playnicee1 wrote: They're not closing all their locations. SOME locations (21) are closing.
The title of the thread makes that very clear. No where did anyone say anything about every Nandos location closing.

Further to my original post they say the locations already had been struggling before covid, lending some anecdotal evidence that many people like myself fail to see the appeal. In your post you mention that they're not closing, when in fact the 21 locations set out in the OP are closing.
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I tried them once (the store at Britannia and Mavis) but wasn’t all that impressed with the chicken. I’ve got a Portuguese chicken place I normally go to anyways.
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There are lots of mom & pop shop Portuguese chicken places that taste better & are a better value, if you happen to be in the right area/cities. I had Nandos before, found my local Portuguese chicken spot to be tastier & better value.
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WMPCOT wrote: The title of the thread makes that very clear. No where did anyone say anything about every Nandos location closing.

Further to my original post they say the locations already had been struggling before covid, lending some anecdotal evidence that many people like myself fail to see the appeal. In your post you mention that they're not closing, when in fact the 21 locations set out in the OP are closing.
I mentioned that only 21 locations are closing. NOT Sprung's "bye Nando's".
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looks like slow to the finish line swiss chalet always wins.
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Went there once and it was OK but not great. Never went back.
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i'm sure mandarin buffet will close some stores as well. large building, no customers, only take out service isn't enough to pay rent
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oicthat2013 wrote: i'm sure mandarin buffet will close some stores as well. large building, no customers, only take out service isn't enough to pay rent
...let alone the shaky future of the buffet model of restaurant service.

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We first discovered Nando's in the UK where it is wildly popular. When they are on their game it is very good and we buy the sauce at Costco for our home barbecue. But the restaurants we tried a few times here never seemed to get their act together. We found inconsistent food, service, and hygiene. And the service concept - order at the counter and sit down never seemed to fit here either. Even the staff seemed confused at times.
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playnicee1 wrote: Nando's seems to target those who like it spicy. Spicy is not my thing, so I'm not the biggest fan of the place.

I hope they have fun competing with this place: (for spicy chicken) la-chain-daves-hot-chicken-plans-open-3 ... c-2376017/
Try mango lime. Sounds sweet but it isnt. Very savoury. The mango is there for the fruit notes... but its savoury. (Not a sticky sauce).
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Generally I like the taste/food, but feel it's expensive. Every time I went, it was also very slow, which kills my desire to go back.
RFD is not just for cheapskates. Those who want their expensive toys don't want to pay full price either.
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That is truly sad. I friggin' loved their food, but always thought it was a bit expensive to grab takeout there about twice a week. LOL
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If corporate locations can’t make money.. poor franchises are doomed
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ferkel wrote: If corporate locations can’t make money.. poor franchises are doomed
The franchise locations are somehow actually making money.
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