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2017 Top 500: Limited service chains

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Over 80% of the limited-service segment’s sales comes from QSRs. While several menu categories performed well, coffee cafes saw sales grow 9.7%. By upgrading offerings, these coffee concepts (all QSRs) are posing stiff competition for big-name fast-casual players like Panera. Still, fast casual remains the strongest grower, with sales up 8% and units up 8.7%.

Limited-service sales growth by segment

  • 4.4%—Top 500 LSR sales growth rate
  • 8% fast casual
  • 3.7% quick service

Quick service

2017 Rank

Chain Name

2016 U.S. Sales 

2016 U.S. Units

1McDonald's36,389,00014,155
2Starbucks14,673,400*13,172
3Subway11,300,00026,744
4Burger King9,430,100*7,161
5Taco Bell9,353,7726,278
6Wendy's8,963,600*5,739
7Dunkin' Donuts8,226,1008,828
8Chick-fil-A6,743,000*2,062*
9Pizza Hut5,751,3817,689
10Domino's5,479,000*5,371
12SONIC Drive-In4,518,0983,557
13KFC4,483,3154,167
17Little Caesars3,800,000*4,388*
19Arby's3,662,4903,237
21Dairy Queen/Orange Julius3,621,0694,517
22Jack in the Box3,461,5402,255
24Papa John's2,931,550*3,331
26Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen2,870,000*2,067
32Hardee's2,241,2411,848
34Whataburger2,181,348806

 

Fast casual

2017 Rank

Chain Name

2016 U.S. Sales 

2016 U.S. Units

11Panera Bread/Saint Louis Bread Co.5,132,0002,017
16Chipotle Mexican Grill3,822,200*2,198
25Panda Express2,903,0411,893
33Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches2,220,000*2,620
41Zaxby's1,710,600*825
50Wingstop943,258922
55Jersey Mike's Subs825,0001,187
57Qdoba Mexican Eats805,000*695
63Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers741,084*306
66Jason's Deli702,100*260*
67Moe's Southwest Grill698,000680
68Firehouse Subs683,5371,037
71Boston Market633,400*460*
74McAlister's Deli592,800387
77Noodles & Company559,008530
78Dickey's Barbecue Pit557,600*544
96Pollo Tropical403,736182
97Einstein Bros. Bagels381,400*395*
99Corner Bakery Cafe375,830196

*Technomic estimate; Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report

 

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