Chain Store Guide Releases 2010 List of 50 Fastest Growing Restaurant Chains

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Chain Store Guide has just released its report of the top 50 fastest growing chain restaurant operators in the U.S. and Canada. Chain Store Guide, a market research company that focuses on the retail and restaurant industries, based the ranking on the five-year growth by units among companies operating at least 20 locations.

50 Fastest Growing Chain Restaurant Operators

Chain Store Guide based the rankings on the five-year growth by units among companies operating at least 20 locations.

Chain Store Guide has just released its report of the top 50 fastest growing chain restaurant operators in the U.S. and Canada. The release of this report coincides with the 2010 release of the Chain Restaurant Operators databases and directories. Chain Store Guide based the rankings on the five-year growth by units among companies operating at least 20 locations. Chain Store Guide is a market research company that focuses on the retail and restaurant industries. The company is a division of Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., publisher of such industry standards as Nation’s Restaurant News, Chain Store Age and Retailing Today. To access a Free PDF version of the 50 Fastest Growing Restaurant Chains Report click here. For information on all 7,100 companies included in the Chain Restaurant Operators database click here.

Following is a profile of each of the top 10 fastest growing chain restaurant operators.

1. Which Wich Inc. (+836.4%)
1310 Elm St, Ste 180
DALLAS TX 75202-4001
Primary Foodservice Type: Fast Casual
Year Founded: 2003

Which Wich has had an extraordinary growth spurt of more than 800% since its founding just seven years ago, and with at least nine more locations in the pipeline scheduled to open by mid-2010, the company shows no signs of slowing down. Which Wich restaurants are currently available in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. Which Wich is committed to delivering fresh sandwiches that are superior to others in the marketplace. To back up this commitment, the company offers a 100% guarantee to its customers for a refund or replacement (or both) on any of its more than 50 varieties of sandwiches.

2. Salad Creations of America LLC (600.0%)
5100 W Copans Rd, Ste 300
MARGATE FL 33063-7747
Primary Foodservice Type: Fast Casual
Year Founded: 2003

Since being founded in 2003, Salad Creations has rapidly spread across the nation and the world, with locations currently open in 18 states, one Canadian province, as well as Brazil and Kuwait. More than two dozen restaurants are scheduled to open soon, including one in Panama. The company was selected as #1 on the Future 50 list compiled by a leading trade publication in 2009 and has attracted much media attention because of its focus on healthy eating through customizable salads and a commitment to sustainable ingredients. The company is also noteworthy among most of its peers on this list because of its early move to international franchising - in early 2010, a fourth of Salad Creations locations are outside the U.S.

3. Five Guys Enterprises LLC (+559.2%)
10440 Furnace Rd, Ste 205
LORTON VA 22079-2628
Primary Foodservice Type: Fast Casual
Year Founded: 1986

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is the winner of numerous “Reader’s Choice” and “Best Burger” awards across the U.S. The company’s menu consists solely of hamburgers (hand-shaped from fresh, never-frozen ground beef and available with a choice of 15 toppings), French fries (cooked in peanut oil), hot dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Coke products are the only beverage served, and the company has no plans to expand its menu offerings into chili, shakes, chicken sandwiches, … Its focus on doing two or three things really well is paying off, Five Guys opened store #500 in 2009.

4. Southeast QSR LLC (+544.4%)
4107 Columbia Rd
MARTINEZ GA 30907-1485
Primary Foodservice Type: Quick Serve
Year Founded: 1987

Southeast QSR operates 58 Taco Bell restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Among its many civic activities are the Wounded Warrior Project, the Armed Forces Families Foundation, Awesome Effort and Summer Reading programs, Freedom Bells (supporting local military families), and other community- and family-focused projects.

5. Freddy's LLC (471.4%)
1445 N Rock Rd, Ste 210
WICHITA KS 67206-4201
Primary Foodservice Type: Quick Serve
Year Founded: 2002

From just four locations in operation in Kansas at the end of 2004, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has grown to 40 restaurants across eight states in 2010. With a décor reminiscent of a ‘50s-style diner, the menu features classic American diner food: hamburgers, hot dogs, patty melts, fries, onion rings, sundaes, and shakes. In an interview with a local newspaper in late 2009, the company president announced plans to add at least another 11 locations to the list by the end of the current year. Part of the company’s branding plan is to locate along U.S. interstate highways.

6. Hunter Management Co. (464.1%)
551 E State Rd, Ste 201
Primary Foodservice Type: Quick Serve
Year Founded: 2002

Hunter Management Company operates 220 Subway franchises across Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Its Subway stores are located in convenience stores, gas stations, freestanding units, regional malls, and strip malls.

7. Froots Fresh Smoothies Franchising Company (440.0%)
4380 Oakes Rd, Ste 800
DAVIE FL 33314-2239
Primary Foodservice Type: Quick Serve
Year Founded: 2001

Froots Fresh Smoothies, Salads & Wraps promotes itself as a healthy alternative to traditional fast-food fare. The company advertises freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies made with fresh fruit and all-natural ingredients, gourmet wraps, paninis, salads, and soups. Like Salad Creations, another healthy-eating option, Froots is also looking overseas for growth with locations currently open in Panama, Turks & Caicos, Honduras, Guam, and Singapore. Locations in more countries are under development. As part of its commitment to providing its customers with good-for-you food, Froots has posted a Nutritional Information document online that provides data on calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, fiber, and other factors for each of the company’s menu items. Froots operates kiosks as well as locations in mall food courts, in-line shopping centers, and in-line urban units.

8. Spicy Pickle Franchising Inc. (+341.7%)
90 Madison St, Ste 700
DENVER CO 80206-5418
Primary Foodservice Type: Fast Casual
Year Founded: 1999

The only publicly held company on CSG’s list of the top 10 fastest growing restaurant companies, the company operates as Spicy Pickle in the U.S. and as Bread Garden Urban Café in Canada after acquiring those restaurants in late 2008. Its homepage promotes “…restaurants [that] serve high quality meats and fine Italian artisan breads, along with a wide choice of ten different cheeses, twenty-one different toppings, and fifteen proprietary spreads to create healthy and delicious panini and sub sandwiches with flavors from around the world.” A relatively new initiative for the company is the development of in-store bakeries instead of purchasing product from outside suppliers. As of December 31, 2009, the company had signed agreements for an additional 59 Spicy Pickle restaurants, with three under construction and one in negotiation. There were also two Bread Garden Urban Cafes under construction as of that date.

9. Foster's Grille Inc. (+316.7%)
4432 Costello Way
HAYMARKET VA 20169-2996
Primary Foodservice Type: Fast Casual
Year Founded: 1999

Home of the Charburger, Foster’s Grille restaurants can be found in Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia. The restaurants are intended to be casual neighborhood places where families can gather for made-to-order burgers, fries, and shakes, as well as a cold beer. Foster’s offers a “Dining for Dollars” program as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations where 10% of all proceeds are given back to the organization. The company is franchising and is seeking to open restaurants in territories with a population of approximately 75,000 (at least half of which is between 21 and 60), an average household income of at least $50,000, and a concentration of retail, office, and residential locations.

10. Saxbys Coffee Worldwide LLC (+300.0%)
730 E Elm St
Primary Foodservice Type: Quick Serve
Year Founded: 2004

Saxbys vision is to provide its patrons with an inviting atmosphere where they can relax, catch up with friends, meet with business colleagues, get some work done outside the office, or read a book. Although concentrated in the mid-Atlantic region of Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, there are now Saxbys outposts as far away as Ohio, California, Nevada, and Texas. New locations are opening in Arizona, as well as its existing markets. The company is also seeking international partners for expansion overseas. In addition to organic growth by franchising, Saxbys acquired the 15 retail locations of Bucks County Coffee in late 2008.

Following is the list of all top 50 fastest growing restaurant chains.

Rank         Name                         Five-Year Growth in Locations
1    Which Wich Inc.                             836.4%
2    Salad Creations of America LLC         600.0%
3    Five Guys Enterprises LLC         559.2%
4    Southeast QSR LLC                             544.4%
5    Freddy's LLC                             471.4%
6    Hunter Management Co.        464.1%
7    Froots Fresh Smoothies                        440.0%
8    Spicy Pickle Franchising Inc.         341.7%
9    Foster's Grille Inc.                             316.7%
10    Saxbys Coffee Worldwide LLC         300.0%
11    Performance Foods Corporation         300.0%
12    Genghis Grill Franchise Concepts LP 290.0%
13    Sheena Management                             266.7%
14    Pita Pit Ltd.                                                 263.7%
15    MTY Food Group Inc.                             247.7%
16    Focus Ten                                                 244.4%
17    Cafe Rio Inc.                                             225.0%
18    John T. McGinnis Inc.                             225.0%
19    Kahala Corp.                                             208.8%
20    D'Lites Enterprises Inc.                             200.0%
21    Honeybee Foods Corporation             200.0%
22    Levecke and Company                         200.0%
23    Sarpino's Pizzeria International Inc.     200.0%
24    D & B Properties                                     191.7%
25    DineEquity Inc.                                         187.0%
26    Sizzling Platter Inc.                                 178.8%
27    Jimmy John's Sandwiches        176.7%
28    Global Orange Development        175.0%
29    KorMex Foods Inc.                                 175.0%
30    Southern Deli LLC                                 175.0%
31    Square Treasure Foods Inc.                 170.0%
32    Orange Cup of Canada Ltd.        169.2%
33    Barnett Management                             168.8%
34    Wendy's FourCrown Inc.     168.2%
35    Garlic Jim's Franchise Corp.             163.2%
36    HuHot Mongolian Grills LLC                153.8%
37    Mr. Burger                                                153.8%
38    Tavistock Restaurants LLC                 152.9%
39    WOW Cafe & Wingery                         152.4%
40    Zancanelli Management Corp.     151.6%
41    Le Pain Quotidien                                 150.0%
42    Salsarita's Inc.                                     150.0%
43    Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.     136.4%
44    Santa Fe Cattle Co.                             136.4%
45    Neighborhood Ventures Inc.     133.3%
46    Lenny's Franchisor LLC                     132.9%
47    International Coffee & Tea Leaf         131.9%
48    Coastal Plains Restaurants LLC     130.8%
49    Fox Restaurant Concepts     125.0%
50    Topper's Pizza Inc.                                125.0%

Top 7,100 Chain Restaurant Operators

In addition, to these 50 fastest growing companies, Chain Store Guide's Chain Restaurant Operators databases and directories feature in-depth profiles on all 7,100 top restaurant chains. The database version of Chain Restaurant Operators allows you to search restaurant chains based on hundreds of different criteria. In addition, each company profile lists top executive titles and contact names for sales and marketing purposes. The Plus version of the database includes over 12,000 email addresses for top restaurant chain executives. For more information on Chain Store Guide databases visit

About Chain Store Guide
For more than 80 years, Chain Store Guide has been the leading provider of comprehensive and definitive retail and foodservice intelligence to businesses around the world. The company provides databases of all major retailers, restaurants, distributors and wholesalers in the United States and Canada with contact information on more than 195,000 key executives and buyers. Chain Store Guide is a subsidiary of Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., publisher of such industry standards as Nation’s Restaurant News, Chain Store Age and Retailing Today.


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