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Top Restaurant Franchises - Subcategory M-R

 

Sales Growth - Mediterranean Restaurant Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
337 The Halal Guys 91 28.0%
500 Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh 19 17.8%
322 Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe 108 8.0%

*Franchise Times Estimate

The Mediterranean category is new to the scene, but the franchises in this category have done well for themselves. The Halal Guys, which was ranked 348 on last year’s list, is now sitting at 337 thanks its 28 percent increase in sales. Garbanzo moved into the top 500 and reported positive sales growth of 17.8 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Mexican Restaurant Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
301 Costa Vida 130 15.0%
360 Pancheros Mexican Grill 72* 10.8%
10 Taco Bell 10,786 6.3%
108 Del Taco 818 4.3%
105 Qdoba Mexican Eats 850 3.4%
104 El Pollo Loco 868 3.2%
118 Moe's Southwest Grill 735 2.5%
183 Taco John's 370* 0.7%
307 Taco Time 122* -0.1%

*Franchise Times Estimate

One of the big kids on the playground became even bigger on this year’s Top 200+ list. Taco Bell moves up two spots and now is ranked as one of the 10 largest franchises as it reported sales growth of 6.3 percent. Costa Vida almost broke into top 300 territory, but came up a spot short. It had an excellent year in sales and posted a 15 percent increase. Taco Time was the only franchise to step onto the backwards-moving escalator.

 

Sales Growth - Off Premise Pizza Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
129 Marco's Pizza 622 10.7%
7 Domino's 13,500 10.2%
373 Pizza Factory 66 4.8%
376 Toppers Pizza 65 3.2%
248 Donatos Pizza 192 3.2%
178 Hungry Howie's Pizza 411 1.9%
8 Pizza Hut 12,212 1.5%
29 Little Caesars 4,450* 1.1%
110 Papa Murphy's 809 -4.5%
40 Papa John's 3,655 -6.3%

*Franchise Times Estimate

The titans of pizza, Domino’s and Pizza Hut, maintain their spots in the top 10 and both reported positive sales growth. Papa John’s took a concerning dive this year in our rankings as it reported a sales decline of 6.3 percent. Papa Murphy’s slid down eight spots due to its 4.5 percent decline.

 

Sales Growth - Pizza - Fast Casual Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
195 Blaze Pizza 342 22.4%
453 Pizza Rev 34 2.3%
425 Pie Five Pizza 45 -12.6%

Blaze Pizza had another monster year in sales as its report card read a 22.4 percent increase in sales. Blaze Pizza now resides within our Top 200 franchises as it moves up 15 spots. Pie Five Pizza took a nosedive this year and reported a negative sales growth of 12.6 percent.

 

Sales Growth - Pizza Buffet Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
223 Pizza Ranch 253 7.9%
343 Pizza Inn 87 -2.4%

The performances of pizza buffet franchises were hit or miss. Pizza Ranch reported positive sales growth of 7.9 percent. Pizza Inn, on the other hand, had 2.4 percent drop in sales.

 

Sales Growth - Sit Down Pizza Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
390 Mackenzie River Pizza 59 15.7%
265 LaRosa's Pizzeria 167 8.7%
270 Mountain Mike's Pizza 164 5.1%
236 Rosati's Pizza 230 4.5%
90 Boston Pizza 1,195* 2.6%
218 Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom 269 2.2%
174 Round Table Pizza 436 -1.8%
319 Fox's Pizza Den 110 -3.2%
430 Russo's New York Pizzeria 43 -5.6%
233 UNO Pizzeria & Grill 232* -7.2%

*Franchise Times Estimate

Mackenzie River Pizza had a good year and reported a 15 percent increase in sales. LaRosa’s Pizza moves up seven spots this year and now sits at No. 265. Russo’s New York Pizzeria took a nosedive in this year’s ranking as it dropped more than 30 spots.

 

Sales Growth - QSR Burger Franchises

Rank Company $ Millions Sales Growth %
160 Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 475 15.5%
79 Culver's Butterburgers & Frozen Custard 1,576 10.5%
4 Burger King 21,624 7.7%
253 Farmer Boys Hamburgers 176 7.2%
57 Whataburger 2,416 6.0%
1 McDonald's 96,147 5.8%
328 Runza 101 5.2%
36 Arby's 3,887 4.8%
11 Wendy's 10,513 2.1%
67 Carl's Jr. 1,963 2.0%
31 Sonic Drive-In 4,447 0.9%
42 Jack in The Box 3,466 -0.1%
191 A&W Restaurants 351 -0.8%
56 Hardee's 2,454 -2.0%
107 Checkers/Rally's 825 -2.3%
182 The Krystal Company 378 -4.3%
226 Friendly's Restaurants 248 -11.1%

*Franchise Times Estimate

McDonald’s keeps the crown of biggest franchise on this year’s Top 200+ list thanks to its increase in sales of 5.8 percent. The other big player in this category, Burger King, kept its spot at No. 4. The rest of the brands in the QSR burger category have trended downward in our rankings due to little or no sales growth.

 

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