Established in 1989, Crispers took its time about growing: It was almost a decade before a second unit opened. Since then, growth has clearly been on this fast-casual gourmet salad and sandwich chain’s agenda. That’s due in part to resources and strategic positioning provided by Publix, the Florida-based supermarket chain that in 2005 bought a majority interest in Crispers.

LocationLakeland, Fla.
2006 Systemwide Sales$42,000,000
% Change in Sales40.0%
2006 U.S. Units41
% Change in Units20.6%
2006 Average Unit Volume$1,100,000
% Change in AUV7.1%
Future 50 Year2007