Casual dining establishments can't be hurt by e-commerce, and remain popular with operators. Casual dining establishments can’t be hurt by e-commerce, and remain popular with operators.

CHICAGO—Cap rates in the net lease casual dining restaurant sector increased 25 bps points to 6.0% in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to a new report from the Boulder Group, a net lease firm based in Northbrook, IL. These tenants have become more popular with retail operators in the past few years because, unlike many outlets, they can’t be harmed by e-commerce. But an increase in the number of franchisee-backed restaurants helped push up cap rates.

Investors consider corporate-backed restaurants to be a better credit risk. Casual dining restaurant properties with corporately-guaranteed leases had cap rates of 5.75%, while franchisees were priced 50 bps higher at 6.25%, Boulder found. And In the first quarter of 2017, franchisee backed casual dining restaurants accounted for 49% of the overall supply of casual dining restaurants, compared to 31% one year ago.

Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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