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