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Understanding customer satisfaction in the UK quick service restaurant industry: The influence of the tangible attributes of perceived service quality

Quang Nguyen (Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Tahir M. Nisar (Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK)
Dan Knox (Department of Marketing, Events and Tourism, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Guru Prakash Prabhakar (Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 20 June 2018

Issue publication date: 4 July 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of the five dimensions of service quality on customer satisfaction in the UK fast food market and to indicate which factors among the five dimensions have a main role in driving overall customer satisfaction.

Design/methodology/approach

Primary data in the form of 147 questionnaire responses were been collected from a variety of quick service fast food restaurants in the UK. Likert seven-point rating scales were used to structure the questionnaire. Data were collected from the customers at two KFC restaurants, two McDonald’s restaurants, and one Burger King Restaurant.

Findings

The results of the analysis indicate that tangibles, responsiveness and assurance play the most important role in driving customer satisfaction in the UK fast food industry, followed by reliability and empathy. Results of correlation and regression analysis show that physical attributes (tangible) of service quality are key to customer satisfaction. In a nutshell, the tangibles variable is the most important factor driving customer satisfaction in the context of the UK fast food market.

Originality/value

This research incorporates unique and original insights in relation to the British fast food restaurants market and the results constitute novel findings pertaining to the importance of physical facilities and attributes. This account of the relative importance of service quality dimensions in fast food restaurants in the UK adds value to the field. The findings of this research have contributed to a better understanding of the main factors that influence service quality and customer satisfaction and have implications from a managerial point of view in the highly competitive UK fast food and wider foodservice industry.

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Citation

Nguyen, Q., Nisar, T.M., Knox, D. and Prabhakar, G.P. (2018), "Understanding customer satisfaction in the UK quick service restaurant industry: The influence of the tangible attributes of perceived service quality", British Food Journal, Vol. 120 No. 6, pp. 1207-1222. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-08-2017-0449

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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