Wendy’s to open 700 ghost kitchens by 2025 with start-up Reef

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Customers dine at Wendy's outdoor seating near Union Square in New York City.Alexi Rosenfeld | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty ImagesWendy's announced Wednesday it will open 700 ghost kitchens across the United States, United Kingdom and Canada by 2025 through a partnership with start-up Reef Technology.Also known as virtual, cloud or dark kitchens, ghost kitchens are meant to address the demand for off-premise restaurant dining. The facilities fulfill delivery orders placed through third-party delivery apps like DoorDash. Companies say they help restaurants cut down on costs by using less labor and square footage and being in less desirable locations — like parking lots, in Reef's case.Wendy's CEO Todd Penegor told analysts Wednesday that its U.S. business saw digital sales dollars grow more than 10% in the second quarter.Wendy's and Reef piloted eight ghost kitchens in Canada before making this development plan. The companies expect to open roughly 50 of the ghost kitch
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