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
101Hungry Howie's Pizza$410548Quick ServicePizza
102Dickey's Barbecue Pit$401*526Fast CasualSpecialty
103Charleys Philly Steaks$400*530Quick ServiceSandwich
104Chuy's$398100Casual DiningMexican
105MOD Pizza$397404Fast CasualPizza
106Chuck E. Cheese's$383*541Quick ServicePizza
107Portillo's$381*57Fast CasualSandwich
108Pollo Tropical$379145Fast CasualChicken
109Krystal Company$377356Quick ServiceBurger
110Cold Stone Creamery$374*917Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
111Zoes Kitchen$372*260Fast CasualSandwich
112Taco John's$371392Quick ServiceMexican
113Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen$365*40Casual DiningSeafood
114Corner Bakery Cafe$362182Fast CasualBakery Cafe
115Famous Dave's$358144Casual Dining
116Jet's Pizza$356*397Quick ServicePizza
117Schlotzsky's$351*372Fast CasualSandwich
118Cicis$350*423Quick ServicePizza
119Saltgrass Steak House$349*80Casual DiningSteak
120On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina$348143Casual DiningMexican
121Village Inn$347*209MidscaleFamily Style
122Twin Peaks$34384Casual DiningSports Bar
123Au Bon Pain$339*213Fast CasualBakery Cafe
124Texas de Brazil Churrascaria$334*53Casual DiningSteak
125Blaze Pizza$326296Fast CasualPizza
126Taco Cabana$324170Fast CasualMexican
127Bar Louie$309*134Casual DiningVaried Menu
128Pei Wei Asian Diner$306*180Fast CasualAsian/Noodle
129Ninety Nine Restaurants$305*105Casual DiningVaried Menu
130Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar$30470Fine DiningSteak
131Benihana$297*65Casual DiningAsian
132Fogo de Chao$294*38Casual DiningSteak
133Smashburger$294*322Fast CasualBurger
134Black Bear Diner$291120MidscaleFamily Style
135Rally's Hamburgers$289*300Quick ServiceBurger
136Caribou Coffee$286*394Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
137Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants$28235Casual DiningVaried Menu
138Peet's Coffee & Tea$282*244Quick ServiceCoffee Cafe
139Big Boy/Frisch's Big Boy$275*203MidscaleFamily Style
140Sarku Japan$274225Quick ServiceAsian/Noodle
141Sizzler$266130Quick ServiceFamily Casual
142Bill Miller Bar-B-Q$259*74Midscale
143Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom$256109Casual DiningVaried Menu
144Wienerschnitzel$256*325Quick ServiceSandwich
145Pizza Ranch$249207Quick ServicePizza
146Seasons 52$24942Casual DiningVaried Menu
147Friendly's$248201MidscaleFamily Style
148Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores$246*265Quick ServiceFrozen Desserts
149Morton's The Steakhouse$246*65Fine DiningSteak
150Huddle House$245351MidscaleFamily 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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