Sandwich chain Cosi blamed the Pope for disappointing sales in September.
On Wednesday, the company reported that comparable-store sales – which include locations open for at least 15 months – were down 3.6% during September.
In its announcement, the company said, “Business interruptions resulting from the Pope’s visit on September 22-26, 2015 negatively impacted 30% of our Company-owned restaurants. The estimated impact to the 4 Weeks Ended September 28, 2015, and the 13 Weeks Ended September 28, 2015, on comparable restaurant sales of Company-owned locations has been estimated to be -0.9% and -0.3%, respectively.”
- REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Franchised locations saw sales decline 1.7% during September while company-owned locations saw sales decline by 4.5%.
Overall, the third quarter saw sales decline with system-wide same-store sales falling 0.3% in the 13 weeks ending September 28.
Cosi has about 110 locations which operate in 15 states, Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, and the UAE.
The company has a market cap of around $50 million and in afternoon trading on Wednesday, the stock was down 16% to around $0.90 per share.