Special Report | August 2012 | By QSR 50

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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Company/Chain Name2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)sort icon2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)Number of Franchised Units in 2011Number of Company Units in 2011Number of Total Units in 2011
Chick-fil-A$2,893.5$4,051.01,550561,606
McDonald’s$2,500.0$34,172.012,5461,55214,098
Panera Bread$2,304.3$3,400.08017401,541
Krispy Kreme*$2,290.0$531.714292234
Jason’s Deli$2,200.0$534.1102131233
Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,013.0$2,270.001,2251,225
In-N-Out Burger*$1,925.0$498.50266266
Whataburger$1,801.0$1,311.2117611728
Culver’s$1,712.9$747.14359444
Steak ‘n Shake*$1,650.0$823.978413491
Bojangles’$1,600.1$767.4310196506
Zaxby’s$1,597.2$840.045189540
Wendy’s*$1,456.0$8,500.05,1771,4176,594
El Pollo Loco*$1,425.0$545.0229165394
Carl’s Jr.$1,400.0$1,500.06934231,116
Jack in the Box$1,331.0$2,946.31,5926292,221
Taco Bell$1,284.0$7,000.04,4691,2015,670
White Castle$1,250.3$631.70410410
Burger King*$1,248.0$8,400.06,3958367,231
Panda Express$1,157.0$1,570.8371,3831,420
Five Guys Burgers & Fries$1,156.0$950.6756162918
Starbucks*1$1,140.0$9,750.04,1186,70310,821
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,133.8$1,720.01,587401,627
Krystal*$1,121.0$404.9216141357
Boston Market$1,102.0$532.00481481
Del Taco$1,100.0$590.7245287532
Hardee’s$1,100.0$2,100.01,4524691,921
Tim Hortons$1,069.0$473.07140714
Sonic Drive-In$1,037.0$3,692.83,1154463,561
Qdoba Mexican Grill$961.0$528.7338245583
KFC$940.0$4,500.04,3214594,780
CiCi’s Pizza$895.4$516.056211573
Einstein Bros. Bagels$884.0$439.094440534
Pizza Hut$875.0$5,500.07,1214797,600
Arby’s$854.0$3,021.92,3081,1293,437
Checkers/Rally’s$852.0$669.0485295780
Dunkin’ Donuts*$850.0$6,500.07,01507,015
Captain D’s$832.0$433.3244275519
Jimmy John’s*$821.8$895.01,303261,329
Papa John’s$786.0$2,213.62,4035983,001
Church’s Chicken$698.6$864.39562561,212
Sbarro$690.0$420.0185426611
Domino’s Pizza*$679.0$3,437.94,5133944,907
Long John Silver’s*$670.0$635.09320932
Papa Murphy’s$559.5$695.91,232511,283
Dairy Queen*$545.0$2,660.06,18436,187
Subway*$469.0$11,400.024,722024,722
Little Caesars*$465.0$1,480.02,9885303,518
Quiznos*$345.0$921.62,50032,503
Baskin-Robbins*$200.0$495.92,45702,457