For some years now I've heard fast-food locations referred to as "stores" and that strikes me as odd. A burger joint might not be everyone's idea of a restaurant but why call it a store?
When I was a child in the US, a sign attached to the golden arches (and regularly updated) boasted of the millions "served" - not sold. The food is mostly prepared to order, not stocked on shelves. Industry sources place outlets like McDonalds in the restaurant category.
LinkedIn currently lists
3,000+ Mcdonalds Store Manager Jobs in United States
The Wikipedia article for Starbucks states:
As of November 2021, the company had 33,833 stores in 80 countries, 15,444 of which were located in the United States. Out of Starbucks' U.S.-based stores, over 8,900 are company-operated, while the remainder are licensed.
There is merchandise for sale at Starbucks but most people come in to drink or take away coffee. Why not call it a coffeehouse or café?
"Store" for a food outlet may be specific to the US but what's wrong with restaurant or café? Does the label "restaurant" intimidate average folks? Three syllables versus one? Is it that US keyboards lack "é"?
Can companies pay store workers less than restaurant workers?
What's the background or rationale for this usage?