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163. Long John Silver's

Last Year's Rank: 144

Investment Range: $576,000 - $1,612,500

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Long John Silver’s is a seafood restaurant company in the U.S., offering platters, sandwiches and various single items, like fish, shrimp and hushpuppies. The company has a few dozen international units and is often co-located with restaurants such as A&W, Taco Bell and KFC.

The first location was opened in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1969 by Jim Patterson, who was inspired by a fish and chips meal he had on a coastal vacation. It has more than 900 locations in 43 states and Canada, and is owned by LJS Partners LLC, a group consisting of Long John Silver’s franchisees, making it about 80 percent franchise-owned.

Long John Silver’s has faced recent financial difficulties, with sales declining by 36 percent from 2012 to 2018.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $462,000,000

US Units: 832

International Units: 32

Total Units: 864

Percent Franchised: 79%

% International Units: 4%

US Franchised Units: 654

International Franchised Units: 32

Sales Growth %: -8.3%

Unit Growth %: -8.3%

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