The Ten Fastest-Growing Chains with Sales Over $200 Million
Ranked by Percentage Increase in Sales in 2010 vs. 2009
|Rank||Chain 2010||U.S. Sales ($MM)||% Sales Change||% Unit Change|
|1||Five Guys Burgers and Fries||$625*||38%||35%|
|2||Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop||735*||22||20|
|3||Chipotle Mexican Grill||1,832||21||14|
|4||BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse||514||20||10|
|6||Cheddar’s Casual Cafe||309*||14||15|
|7||Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar||1,712*||14||12|
|9||Noodles & Company||261||14||11|
In total, the top 10 fastest-growing chains’ sales accounted for $7.8 billion, an 18 percent increase over 2009. Unit counts grew 14 percent.
More than 50 percent of the Top 500 restaurant chains posted at least nominal sales increases; only 231 of these chains suffered sales declines in 2010 compared to 283 in 2009. Both winners and losers appeared in each segment and menu category. These widely-mixed results demonstrate the overall competitiveness of the industry and the need for suppliers and operators to carefully identify and focus on the winners.
International performance by the Top 500 restaurant chains continued to outperform their domestic counterpart growth in 2010. International sales (up 3.1 percent) outpaced U.S. sales (up 1.8 percent); international unit growth was also up 3.7 percent versus 0.5 percent for U.S. units.
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