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105. El Pollo Loco

Last Year's Rank: 106

Investment Range: $500K to $1 Million

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


El Pollo Loco is a U.S.-based chain best known for its Mexican-style grilled chicken. The company operates more than 400 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas and Utah. The company has led an aggressive expansion effort in 2016, with new stores in Phoenix, Houston and Dallas.

In 2012, the chain underwent a major makeover, focusing on higher quality food and remodeling most of its locations to give them a contemporary look. El Pollo Loco began publicly trading in July 2014. 

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $795,441,000

US Units: 460

International Units: 0

Total Units: 460

Percent Franchised: 56%

% International Units: 0%

US Franchised Units: 259

Sales Growth %: 5.6%

Unit Growth %: 6.2%

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