Pollo Campero, a fast-casual restaurant chain focused on Flavorful Chicken Meals, started as a small family-owned restaurant in Guatemala in 1971 and has grown to one of the largest chicken chains in the world. Pollo Campero currently has 80 restaurants in the U.S., 15 of which are franchise locations. The chain has a growth strategy to rapidly expand across the U.S. in 2022 and beyond. As a part of its growth strategy, the restaurant plans to open 10 corporate restaurants in 2022, 20 in 2023, and then ramp up to open a total of 200 locations altogether in the next five years.
Pollo Campero’s first challenge in the U.S. was completing its customer profile and building a development strategy from that profile. With a 50-year-old, well-established brand, with most of its popularity in Central America, the company saw significant potential for expansion in the United States. However, with the vast size of the U.S. there were roughly 30,000 intersections across the country that the team scored for potential locations. The team at Pollo Campero wanted to root their growth strategy with a deep understanding of their customers and where they are. To make a recommendation, the team wanted to understand:
- What is the customer profile?
- Where do they reside?
- Most importantly, where are they during key dayparts, specifically lunch and dinner?
To identify their key customer groups and give focus to their real estate strategy, Pollo Campero utilized B I Spatial with Near’s mobility data and segmentation to finalize Pollo Campero’s target segments, and to then map those segments by daypart – everywhere in the U.S. Pollo Campero was able to leverage the results to prioritize and rank the top 500 U.S. intersections for both new corporate and franchise locations. To do this, Pollo Campero used a proprietary scoring method on the 30,000 prospective intersections, combining Near’s mobility location data with regression models around demographics to identify the most promising locations. Pollo Campero shares the data with their franchisees and writes market plans in their geographies to promote their success.
The team also shares the data beyond the operations team, in particular with marketing to enable a better understanding of the customer and target segments by market.
Examples of site selection insights enabled by Near and B I Spatial:
The data that B I Spatial and Near provides has become a foundation for Pollo Campero’s development program, informing their expansion efforts. The data has helped them:
- Inform their expansion plan, with a goal to open 200 locations in the U.S. in the next 5 years
- Validate their customer profiles, with a better understanding of who they are, where they live, and where they are at key day parts
- Share valuable information with their franchisees and other departments including marketing