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  • Last Year Rank: 57
  • Investment Range: $1,200,000
  • Initial Investment:
  • Category: Restaurant
58. Whataburger

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: $2,556,096,000
  • US Units: 830
  • International Units: 0
  • Total Units: 830
  • Percent Franchised: 15%
  • % International Units: 0%
  • US Franchised Units: 127
  • International Franchised Units: 0
  • Sales Growth %: 5.8%
  • Unit Growth %: 0.6%