Get a box of tissues, and brace yourself for the countdown. These 26 popular chains are closing the most restaurants.

26. Burger King

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 7: Burger King, whose west Ann Arbor store is shown on September 7, 2014, serve more than 11 million people around the world daily.
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Burger King's realm will be getting a little smaller.

2019 and 2020 closings: Up to 350

The home of the Whopper has been closing at least 100 restaurants per year, but more than double that number (250) were set to leave the king's realm in 2019. Two more have closed in 2020, maybe on the way to a more “normal” cutback this year.

Lagging locations have been on the chopping block to make way for the "Burger King of Tomorrow": new BKs incorporating technology such as self-order kiosks inside and digital menu boards at the drive-thru.

Each new restaurant is expected to do about $500,000 more business per year than the old ones being shut down.

Burger King — called "Insta-Burger King" when it was founded in Florida in 1953 — says it serves 11 million fans around the world every day.

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