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Take-out, delivery shelter hamburger chains from virus impact

While most South Korean restaurants are facing a serious survival crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak, hamburger franchises are showing better performance thanks to take-out and delivery services.

McDonald’s Korea reported that more than 10 million cars visited McDrive, the company’s drive-thru service, pictured above, in the first quarter of this year.

Shinsegae Food Inc’s No Brand Burger saw a rise in take-out orders, accounting for 32 per cent of total sales in January, 41 per cent in February, and 47 per cent in March.

Lotteria, South Korea’s largest hamburger chain, saw a 13-per-cent drop in the number of customers eating at stores in the first annual quarter, but a 30-per-cent jump in delivery orders.

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