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Survey: Restaurant Occupancy Cost

Survey: Restaurant Occupancy Cost

In a recent Discussion Forum topic, members were inquiring as to how much lease space cost in various parts of the country.

In our continuing effort to provide helpful data to our members, we conducted a survey in which we asked our members to share how much they were paying for base rent. percentage rent and triple net charges. We received more than 550 responses and have compiled the following reports as to the cost per square foot for a sampling of restaurants across the country.

The report below shows the collective responses for all respondents. While this information is beneficial, more meaningful comparisons can be made by reviewing the results of only those restaurants that more closely resemble your own concept. To help you, we have filtered the responses and prepared summary reports for the following areas:

Population - City
Geographic region (which part of the USA)
Type of lease space (Free-standing, strip center, mall, etc.)
Surrounding market (Urban, sub-urban, resort, etc.)

We have other articles on the site to help you gauge the financial impact of your occupancy cost. They include:

Survey Summary - All Respondents
Base Rent Lower Quartile Median Upper Quartile Average # of Respondents
Monthly base rent $3,000 $5,000 $8,750 $6,914 496
Square footage of restaurant 2,100 3,500 5,000 4,180 496
Base rent per sq. ft. - monthly $1.00 $1.50 $2.22 $1.95 496
Base rent per sq. ft. - annual $12.00 $18.00 $26.64 $23.39 496
Percentage Rent Paid   % of Respondents # of Respondents
1-4% of sales


5% of sales 4.6% 23
6% of sales 4.4% 22
7% of sales 3.8% 19
8% of sales 2.6% 13
9% of sales 2.0% 10
10% of sales 2.4% 12
More than 10% of sales 3.0% 15
Do not pay percentage rent


Triple Net Charges Lower Quartile Median Upper Quartile Average # of Respondents
Per sq. ft. - monthly $0.10 $0.26 $0.50 $0.44 360
Per sq. ft. - annual $1.21 $3.08 $5.95 1024 360
Total annual expense $4,000 $10,000 $25,000 $19,167 360


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