For the first time in a decade, the sales slip from the same Domino store | national


FILE – A delivery man leaves a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in downtown Seattle by bike on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Domino’s Pizza says shortages of cooks, drivers and other staff are slowing sales at its U.S. stores. The world’s largest pizza chain said Thursday, October 14, 2021 that its same-store sales __ or sales in stores open at least one year __ fell 1.9% in the July-September period. It was the first time in a decade that the company’s comparable store sales in the United States had declined.

Ted S. Warren

By DEE-ANN DURBIN Business Writer AP

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Domino’s, a company seemingly tailor-made for a pandemic, has not been spared a phenomenon that plagues nearly every employer this summer: a severe shortage of workers.

The world’s largest pizza chain has been a star on Wall Street this year with revenues rising as millions have taken refuge in their homes and ordered plenty of pizza.

Investors sent the company’s shares to record highs over the summer.

On Thursday, however, for the first time in more than a decade, Domino’s Pizza Inc. said sales in established stores were heading in the wrong direction, falling 1.9% in the third quarter. In the same three-month period last year, same-store sales rose an unprecedented 17.5%.

The company also cited pandemic aid money from the United States which ran out in the last quarter, but the company’s goal in Ann Arbor, Mich. Is to find enough employees to keep the pies flowing.

Domino’s has taken steps to attract cooks, drivers and cashiers, but delivery times have grown longer, a potentially dangerous trend in an environment of fierce competition with delivery apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats.

“We believe staffing may remain a significant challenge in the short term as the job market continues to evolve,” Allison said Thursday.


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