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Number of quick service restaurant (QSR) franchise establishments in the United States from 2007 to 2017

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Number of quick service restaurant franchise establishments in the U.S. 2007-2017 This statistic shows the number of quick service restaurant franchise establishments in the United States from 2007 to 2017. It was estimated that there were 187,368 quick service restaurant franchise establishments in 2016. Quick service restaurants include limited-service eating places, cafeterias, fast-food restaurants, beverage bars, ice cream parlors, pizza-delivery establishments, carryout sandwich shops, and carryout service shops with on-premises baking of donuts, cookies, and bagels.

Quick service restaurants in the U.S. – additional information

With many quick service restaurants open around the clock, employees are required to work longer hours. As a result, the level of customer service experienced in fast food drive-thrus in the United States can fluctuate depending on the time of day. From May to August 2015, during breakfast time, 33.4 percent of fast food restaurant drive-thrus expressed very friendly customer service. By late night-time, however, only 28.5 percent of fast food restaurant drive thrus expressed very friendly customer service.

Quick service restaurant chains are regularly called into question for their supply and production of unhealthy foods. In an online survey in 2016, respondents who eat at a fast food restaurant at least once per year were asked; 'how much of a role does having healthy options on the menu play in choosing a fast-food restaurant?' 39 percent of respondents stated that healthy options play a major role when choosing a fast-food restaurant.

In 2016, a Restaurant Habits Survey was carried out among Americans aged 18 years and older to determine their frequency of dining out at quick service restaurants. When asked; 'how often do you dine out at quick service restaurants?' 20 percent of respondents stated that they dined out at quick service restaurants once per week. In comparison, 18 percent of respondents stated they dined out several times per week and six percent of respondents stated that they dined out at a quick service restaurant daily.
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This statistic shows the number of quick service restaurant franchise establishments in the United States from 2007 to 2017. It was estimated that there were 187,368 quick service restaurant franchise establishments in 2016. Quick service restaurants include limited-service eating places, cafeterias, fast-food restaurants, beverage bars, ice cream parlors, pizza-delivery establishments, carryout sandwich shops, and carryout service shops with on-premises baking of donuts, cookies, and bagels.

Quick service restaurants in the U.S. – additional information

With many quick service restaurants open around the clock, employees are required to work longer hours. As a result, the level of customer service experienced in fast food drive-thrus in the United States can fluctuate depending on the time of day. From May to August 2015, during breakfast time, 33.4 percent of fast food restaurant drive-thrus expressed very friendly customer service. By late night-time, however, only 28.5 percent of fast food restaurant drive thrus expressed very friendly customer service.

Quick service restaurant chains are regularly called into question for their supply and production of unhealthy foods. In an online survey in 2016, respondents who eat at a fast food restaurant at least once per year were asked; 'how much of a role does having healthy options on the menu play in choosing a fast-food restaurant?' 39 percent of respondents stated that healthy options play a major role when choosing a fast-food restaurant.

In 2016, a Restaurant Habits Survey was carried out among Americans aged 18 years and older to determine their frequency of dining out at quick service restaurants. When asked; 'how often do you dine out at quick service restaurants?' 20 percent of respondents stated that they dined out at quick service restaurants once per week. In comparison, 18 percent of respondents stated they dined out several times per week and six percent of respondents stated that they dined out at a quick service restaurant daily.
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Release date
August 2017
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United States
Survey time period
2007 to 2017
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