Growth in the fast-casual sector is having a deep impact on the restaurant industry as operators in other segments try to imitate its successful strategies, the NPD Group said Wednesday. Fast-casual restaurant chains grew their unit counts by double digits over the last three years, according to NPD’s Recount, a biannual census of restaurant unit counts. Still, the fast-casual segment remains relatively undeveloped, accounting for only about 4 percent of the more than 60 billion ...

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