How did Jack in the Box start?
Jack in the Box is a quick service restaurant chain founded in 1951 in San Diego, where it is still headquartered today. As of 2019, there were just over 2,200 Jack in the Box restaurants, primarily located on the U.S. West Coast. The vast majority of these stores are franchised, with only 137 being company-owned. The number of company-owned stores has declined steadily from around 629 in 2011, accounting for the above decline in reportable sales. When franchises are included total sales have been consistent, while Jack in the Box's operating income increased in every year until 2018 over this period, after which it declined.
Biggest QSR franchises in the U.S.
Subway is by far the most common franchised fast food restaurant in the U.S., with almost 24,000 Subway establishments in 2019. One likely reason for this is the lower cost of franchising a Subway restaurant compared to other major franchises. In 2018 the initial investment costs for a Subway franchise were around 342,000 U.S. dollars – much less than the 2.2 million U.S. dollars needed to establish the second most common franchise, McDonalds.