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