Founded in 1935, Ham’s originally offered curbside service, kosher meats and deli takeout. These days, the self-described “value-casual” chain offers Southern classics like chicken-fried chicken and baby back ribs alongside chicken parmesan and an array of burgers—not to mention the wide variety of beers that have been a Ham’s mainstay since the early days. Charlie Erwin, who bought the original Ham’s in 1984, signed his first franchise partner in 2004. He plans to open three restaurants a year for the next three to four years while developing the infrastructure to support “explosive growth” thereafter.

LocationGreensboro, N.C.
2006 Systemwide Sales$40,000,000
% Change in Sales23.3%
2006 U.S. Units26
% Change in Units18.2%
2006 Average Unit Volume$1,700,000
% Change in AUV4.8%
Future 50 Year2007