Rodney Anderson and his father founded Panchero’s in 1992 with two units in midwestern college towns. A few years later they hit on their signature offering: fresh, made-to-order tortillas. That took Panchero’s from the college belt to the suburbs, where its fast-casual, fresh Mexican concept—think quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and tacos, with no freezers, microwaves or fryers on the premises—is winning fans. These days, the chain is definitely in expansion mode, with plans to open new Panchero’s units in Florida, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and North Dakota.

LocationCoralville, Iowa
2006 Systemwide Sales ($000)$29,000,000
YOY Sales Change31.8%
2006 U.S. Units41
YOY Unit Change28.1%
2006 Average Unit Volume ($000)$800,000
Future 50 Year2007
*Technomic estimate

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