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57. Whataburger

Last Year's Rank: 60

Investment Range: $1,200,000 - $1,500,000

Category: Restaurant

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Company Description


Whataburger is a burger restaurant chain mostly located in the Southern United States. The franchise mainly offers signature burgers, chicken dishes and breakfast items, with names such as "Whataburger Jr.” and the "Whatachick'n."

Whataburger was founded in 1950 by Harmon Dobson in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2019 the company sold a majority stake to Chicago-based merchant bank BDT Capital Partners. It remains based in San Antonio and the Dobson family retains a minority position.

Company Statistics


Global Sales: $2,416,010,000

US Units: 825

Total Units: 825

Percent Franchised: 15%

% International Units: 0%

US Franchised Units: 126

Sales Growth %: 6.0%

Unit Growth %: 0.5%

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