Re:Smaller chains with odd locations
Speaking of, Del Taco moved into South Carolina in 2010 with one store each in Rock Hill and Spartanburg. The Spartanburg store closed last year, leaving just the one in Rock Hill, hundreds of miles from the nearest.
They're in the earliest stages of a return to Atlanta, with one store open in Snellville and two coming to Cobb County in the next few weeks, and plans for 50+ more, which, as a strategy, makes a heck of a lot more sense than what they did in South Carolina.
And Atlanta had nine El Pollo Loco stores from 2007-2011, again miles from any other EPLs. The last one closed in October, and in fact Del Taco #3 is moving into its vacated space.