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Selected U.S. fast-casual restaurant chains with the most units 2019

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches had 2,787 store locations in the United States in 2019, which was the most of all fast-casual restaurant chains across the country. Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chinese cuisine chain Panda Express ranked second and third, respectively.

Do Jimmy John’s and Subway operate in the same market?

With bread baked every day in each of its stores and fresh ingredients purchased from local providers, Jimmy John’s has developed into one of the favorite sandwich chains of consumers in the United States. The company’s dedication to making gourmet sandwiches sets it apart from many of its competitors. Subway is the leading sandwich chain in the United States, generating more than 10 billion U.S. dollars from restaurant sales in 2019. However, the company operates in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector because of factors relating to produce and store design – Subway had more stores than any other QSR chain in the U.S. in 2019.

Is fast casual the new fast food?

The two primary types of limited-service restaurants are quick service and fast casual. The more familiar of the two will be quick-service establishments, also known as fast-food restaurants – McDonald’s is the leading QSR brand worldwide, with a company value of around 129 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. In recent years, there has been a growing trend toward fast-casual restaurants. The two are very similar: both require food to be ordered at a counter and paid for in advance, but the meals available in fast-casual restaurants are higher in quality, and food may be brought to your table by the waitstaff.

Selected leading fast-casual restaurant chains in the United States in 2019, by number of units

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April 2020


United States

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