Special Report | August 2012

The QSR 50 Unit Breakdown

The top quick-service brands by unit count.

The top quick service brands by unit count.
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How high did Five Guys climb? What newcomers are shaking up the ranks? And can anybody beat McDonald’s? Find all of the industry answers you need in this year’s QSR 50, the most important report you'll read all year.

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Company/Chain Name2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)sort ascending2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)Number of Franchised Units in 2011Number of Company Units in 2011Number of Total Units in 2011
Baskin-Robbins*$200.0$495.92,45702,457
Quiznos*$345.0$921.62,50032,503
Little Caesars*$465.0$1,480.02,9885303,518
Subway*$469.0$11,400.024,722024,722
Dairy Queen*$545.0$2,660.06,18436,187
Papa Murphy’s$559.5$695.91,232511,283
Long John Silver’s*$670.0$635.09320932
Domino’s Pizza*$679.0$3,437.94,5133944,907
Sbarro$690.0$420.0185426611
Church’s Chicken$698.6$864.39562561,212
Papa John’s$786.0$2,213.62,4035983,001
Jimmy John’s*$821.8$895.01,303261,329
Captain D’s$832.0$433.3244275519
Dunkin’ Donuts*$850.0$6,500.07,01507,015
Checkers/Rally’s$852.0$669.0485295780
Arby’s$854.0$3,021.92,3081,1293,437
Pizza Hut$875.0$5,500.07,1214797,600
Einstein Bros. Bagels$884.0$439.094440534
CiCi’s Pizza$895.4$516.056211573
KFC$940.0$4,500.04,3214594,780
Qdoba Mexican Grill$961.0$528.7338245583
Sonic Drive-In$1,037.0$3,692.83,1154463,561
Tim Hortons$1,069.0$473.07140714
Del Taco$1,100.0$590.7245287532
Hardee’s$1,100.0$2,100.01,4524691,921
Boston Market$1,102.0$532.00481481
Krystal*$1,121.0$404.9216141357
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,133.8$1,720.01,587401,627
Starbucks*1$1,140.0$9,750.04,1186,70310,821
Five Guys Burgers & Fries$1,156.0$950.6756162918
Panda Express$1,157.0$1,570.8371,3831,420
Burger King*$1,248.0$8,400.06,3958367,231
White Castle$1,250.3$631.70410410
Taco Bell$1,284.0$7,000.04,4691,2015,670
Jack in the Box$1,331.0$2,946.31,5926292,221
Carl’s Jr.$1,400.0$1,500.06934231,116
El Pollo Loco*$1,425.0$545.0229165394
Wendy’s*$1,456.0$8,500.05,1771,4176,594
Zaxby’s$1,597.2$840.045189540
Bojangles’$1,600.1$767.4310196506
Steak ‘n Shake*$1,650.0$823.978413491
Culver’s$1,712.9$747.14359444
Whataburger$1,801.0$1,311.2117611728
In-N-Out Burger*$1,925.0$498.50266266
Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,013.0$2,270.001,2251,225
Jason’s Deli$2,200.0$534.1102131233
Krispy Kreme*$2,290.0$531.714292234
Panera Bread$2,304.3$3,400.08017401,541
McDonald’s$2,500.0$34,172.012,5461,55214,098
Chick-fil-A$2,893.5$4,051.01,550561,606