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15. Chick-fil-A

Last Year's Rank: 16

Investment Range: Up to $50K

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description

Currently Chick-fil-A has more than 1,000 locations across the United States, including a few drive-thru only units. The chain is well known for being heavily influenced by the Baptist beliefs of its founder, S. Truett Cathy, meaning (among other things) that all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays.

Chick-fil-A is one of the most particular franchises out there, as the company only accepts 0.4 percent of applicants every year. However, it only costs $10,000 to open up a Chick-fil-A franchise, with no threshold for net worth or liquid assets. Chick-fil-A pays for startup costs, including restaurant costs, real estate, and equipment.

Tim Tassopoulos was elected president and chief operating officer of the company in May. The company is one of the quickest growing QSR franchises, and opened its 2,000th restaurant in March.

Company Statistics

Global Sales: $8,600,000,000*

US Units: 2,254

International Units: 0

Total Units: 2,254

Percent Franchised: 99%

% International Units: 0%

US Franchised Units: 2,225

*Franchise Times Estimate

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