Starbucks, Dunkin’, Panera See March Recovery After Experiencing a Difficult Year

Coffee chains are retaking lost ground

a shopping center outside a starbucks and panera
Starbucks, Dunkin' and Panera are all seeing foot traffic recovery in March. Dunkin, Barcroft Media/Getty Images, SOPA Images/Getty Images

Coffee chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin‘ and Panera were among the hardest hit businesses during the pandemic, with sales of the caffeinated hot beverages decimated as work and school routines were disrupted by lockdowns. But new data provided by, an analytics firm that tracks foot traffic, suggests three leading brands are beginning to recover.

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@RichCollings Richard Collings is a retail reporter at Adweek.