America’s 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains

by InvestorPlace Staff | March 20, 2012 9:28 am

2011 might have been a lousy year for a number of sectors, but it was a bumper period for U.S. restaurant chains, according to a recent report from Technomic[1].

The food consulting and research firm released its annual report on the country’s restaurants, and found that the 500 largest chains banked a 3.4% jump in annual sales to $242 billion — better than the 1.8% improvement from the year before.

Of the $242 billion, $8.2 billion alone can be credited to the top 10 fastest-growing chains in the nation, which included a few publicly traded companies, such as Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG[2]), BJ’s Restaurant Inc.‘s (NASDAQ:BJRI[3]) BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD[4]).

Here’s a quick look at the full list of the 10 fastest-growing chains with sales of more than $200 million:

Technomic’s 10 Fastest-Growing Chains With Sales Over $200M
Company Ticker U.S. Sales
(millions)
% Sales
Change
% Unit
Change
Five Guys Burgers and Fries N/A $951 32.8% 24.7%
Chipotle Mexican Grill CMG $2,261 23.4% 13.0%
Jimmy John’s Gourmet
Sandwich Shop
N/A $895 21.8% 17.1%
Yard House N/A $262 21.5% 20.7%
Firehouse Subs N/A $285 21.1% 19.0%
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse BJRI $621 20.9% 12.7%
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar BWLD $2,045 20.1% 11.6%
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers N/A $206 18.2% 24.0%
Noodles & Company N/A $300 14.9% 11.4%
Wingstop N/A $382 14.7% 3.4%
Ranked by percentage increase in sales in 2011 vs. 2010                     * Technomic estimate

The full Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report (2012) can be ordered here.[5]

– Kyle Woodley, InvestorPlace Assistant Editor

Endnotes:
  1. recent report from Technomic: http://www.technomic.com/Pressroom/Releases/dynRelease_Detail.php?rUID=156
  2. CMG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CMG
  3. BJRI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BJRI
  4. BWLD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BWLD
  5. The full Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report (2012) can be ordered here.: http://www.technomic.com/Reports_and_Newsletters/Industry_Reports/dyn_PubLoad.php?pID=1

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