Special Report | August 2012 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50

These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries.

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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QSR 50 RankCompany/Chain Namesort descending2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
29Zaxby’s$840.0$1,597.254026
36White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
24Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
4Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
46Tim Hortons$473.0$1,069.0714112
6Taco Bell$7,000.0$1,284.05,67036
2Subway*$11,400.0$469.024,722872
30Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
3Starbucks*1$9,750.0$1,140.010,821-310
11Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
49Sbarro$420.0$690.0611-70
26Quiznos*$921.6$345.02,503-334
42Qdoba Mexican Grill$528.7$961.058358
20Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,720.0$1,133.81,62758
8Pizza Hut$5,500.0$875.07,60058
33Papa Murphy’s$695.9$559.51,28342
18Papa John’s$2,213.6$786.03,001130
13Panera Bread$3,400.0$2,304.31,54188
21Panda Express$1,570.8$1,157.01,42097
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871
35Long John Silver’s*$635.0$670.0932-32
23Little Caesars*$1,480.0$465.03,518305
50Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
41Krispy Kreme*$531.7$2,290.02345
9KFC$4,500.0$940.04,780-275
27Jimmy John’s*$895.0$821.81,329199
39Jason’s Deli$534.1$2,200.023312
15Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
44In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
19Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
25Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
38El Pollo Loco*$545.0$1,425.0394-18
47Einstein Bros. Bagels$439.0$884.053440
7Dunkin’ Donuts*$6,500.0$850.07,015115
12Domino’s Pizza*$3,437.9$679.04,907-22
37Del Taco$590.7$1,100.053210
16Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
32Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
43CiCi’s Pizza$516.0$895.4573-21
28Church’s Chicken$864.3$698.61,212-33
17Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,270.0$2,013.01,225150
10Chick-fil-A$4,051.0$2,893.51,60669
34Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
22Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
48Captain D’s$433.3$832.0519-12
5Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
40Boston Market$532.0$1,102.0481-10
31Bojangles’$767.4$1,600.150621
45Baskin-Robbins*$495.9$200.02,457-43
14Arby’s$3,021.9$854.03,437-86

Comments

What do the asterisks & super subscripts mean next to some of the restaurant names in the Top 50 list? Thanks.

Are they in the QSR/fast casual category? If so, where do they come out on the list?

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what does the "unit" symbolize

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