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 Namesort descending2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)Number of Franchised Units in 2011Number of Company Units in 2011Number of Total Units in 2011
Zaxby’s$1,597.2$840.045189540
White Castle$1,250.3$631.70410410
Whataburger$1,801.0$1,311.2117611728
Wendy’s*$1,456.0$8,500.05,1771,4176,594
Tim Hortons$1,069.0$473.07140714
Taco Bell$1,284.0$7,000.04,4691,2015,670
Subway*$469.0$11,400.024,722024,722
Steak ‘n Shake*$1,650.0$823.978413491
Starbucks*1$1,140.0$9,750.04,1186,70310,821
Sonic Drive-In$1,037.0$3,692.83,1154463,561
Sbarro$690.0$420.0185426611
Quiznos*$345.0$921.62,50032,503
Qdoba Mexican Grill$961.0$528.7338245583
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,133.8$1,720.01,587401,627
Pizza Hut$875.0$5,500.07,1214797,600
Papa Murphy’s$559.5$695.91,232511,283
Papa John’s$786.0$2,213.62,4035983,001
Panera Bread$2,304.3$3,400.08017401,541
Panda Express$1,157.0$1,570.8371,3831,420
McDonald’s$2,500.0$34,172.012,5461,55214,098
Long John Silver’s*$670.0$635.09320932
Little Caesars*$465.0$1,480.02,9885303,518
Krystal*$1,121.0$404.9216141357
Krispy Kreme*$2,290.0$531.714292234
KFC$940.0$4,500.04,3214594,780
Jimmy John’s*$821.8$895.01,303261,329
Jason’s Deli$2,200.0$534.1102131233
Jack in the Box$1,331.0$2,946.31,5926292,221
In-N-Out Burger*$1,925.0$498.50266266
Hardee’s$1,100.0$2,100.01,4524691,921
Five Guys Burgers & Fries$1,156.0$950.6756162918
El Pollo Loco*$1,425.0$545.0229165394
Einstein Bros. Bagels$884.0$439.094440534
Dunkin’ Donuts*$850.0$6,500.07,01507,015
Domino’s Pizza*$679.0$3,437.94,5133944,907
Del Taco$1,100.0$590.7245287532
Dairy Queen*$545.0$2,660.06,18436,187
Culver’s$1,712.9$747.14359444
CiCi’s Pizza$895.4$516.056211573
Church’s Chicken$698.6$864.39562561,212
Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,013.0$2,270.001,2251,225
Chick-fil-A$2,893.5$4,051.01,550561,606
Checkers/Rally’s$852.0$669.0485295780
Carl’s Jr.$1,400.0$1,500.06934231,116
Captain D’s$832.0$433.3244275519
Burger King*$1,248.0$8,400.06,3958367,231
Boston Market$1,102.0$532.00481481
Bojangles’$1,600.1$767.4310196506
Baskin-Robbins*$200.0$495.92,45702,457
Arby’s$854.0$3,021.92,3081,1293,437