Top 500 CHAINS

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Top 500 CHAINS

The restaurant space grew even more crowded in 2018, with Top 500 unit growth slowing for the fifth consecutive year. While they again failed to outpace smaller brands and independents, chains have established a modest sales growth trend. After a dip below 3% growth in 2017, the Top 500 rebounded slightly in 2018 with a 3.3% sales gain to $317.7 billion. Here, we take a close look at Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, providing a peek at the data as well as insights into the shifts and trends impacting the industry.

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Top 250: The Ranking

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RankChain2018 U.S. Sales ($000,000)YOY Sales Change2018 U.S. UnitsYOY Unit ChangeSegmentMenu Category
51In-N-Out Burger$926*339Quick ServiceBurger
52P.F. Chang's$877216Casual DiningAsian
53El Pollo Loco$868484Quick ServiceChicken
54Bob Evans$838*481MidscaleFamily Style
55Qdoba Mexican Eats$835743Fast CasualMexican
56Del Taco$817580Quick ServiceMexican
57Krispy Kreme$805*355Quick ServiceSpecialty
58Hooters$798*338Casual DiningSports Bar
59Papa Murphy's Pizza$7951,400Quick ServicePizza
60Firehouse Subs$7941,133Fast CasualSandwich
61Tim Hortons$750*738Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
62Ruth's Chris Steak House$748134Fine DiningSteak
63Church's Chicken$747*1,045Quick ServiceChicken
64Moe's Southwest Grill$739*727Fast CasualMexican
65Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen$728170Casual DiningVaried Menu
66Jason's Deli$721281Fast CasualSandwich
67Ruby Tuesday$721*491Casual DiningVaried Menu
68McAlister's Deli$704*430Fast CasualSandwich
69Carrabba's Italian Grill$659227Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
70California Pizza Kitchen$639*205Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
71Baskin-Robbins$6112,550Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
72Perkins Restaurant & Bakery$603*355MidscaleFamily Style
73Marco's Pizza$599883Quick ServicePizza
74Bonefish Grill$592197Casual DiningSeafood
75Yard House$57172Casual DiningVaried Menu
76Checkers Drive-In Restaurants$560*590Quick ServiceBurger
77Auntie Anne's$5581,295Quick ServiceSpecialty
78Boston Market$557454Fast CasualChicken
79Captain D's Seafood Kitchen$556529Quick ServiceSpecialty
80White Castle$556374Quick ServiceBurger
81Dave & Buster's$539*118Casual DiningSports Bar
82Noodles & Co.$525459Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
83Logan's Roadhouse$520*202Casual DiningSteak
84Einstein Bros. Bagels$516*690Fast CasualBakery Cafe
85Dutch Bros. Coffee$494328Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
86Jamba Juice$491*805Quick ServiceSpecialty
87Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers$474328Fast CasualBurger
88Tropical Smoothie Cafe$472719Quick ServiceSpecialty
89O'Charley's$463*205Casual DiningVaried Menu
90Shake Shack$459136Fast CasualBurger
91Potbelly Sandwich Shop$452470Quick ServiceSandwich
92The Capital Grille$44058Fine DiningSteak
93Long John Silver's$440871Quick ServiceSpecialty
94The Habit Burger Grill$436247Fast CasualBurger
95Round Table Pizza$436*427Quick ServicePizza
96Mellow Mushroom$425*191Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
97Smoothie King$415901Quick ServiceSpecialty
98Miller's Ale House$415*88Casual DiningSports Bar
99Maggiano's Little Italy$41352Casual DiningItalian/Pizza
100First Watch$413295MidscaleFamily Style
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate
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Insights from the top 500



“Location growth overall for the Top 500 slowed for five consecutive years. It will stay positive but continue to decelerate. There’s nowhere to go and lots of saturation, and everyone is feeling traffic struggles. Why open new units when operators can focus on improving existing ones?”KEVIN SCHIMPF, MANAGER OF INDUSTRY INSIGHTS, TECHNOMIC


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