The 50 Biggest Fast Food Chains in America

With COVID reshuffling the cards, several of the largest quick service chains in the United States have found the opportunity to increase their long-term unit goals.

One of the best examples is Wingstop, which now wants to open 7,000 restaurants around the world, up from 6,000. This 1,000 unit increase is entirely due to US white spaces. So there is KFCwhich achieved net unit growth in the United States last year, the first time in 17 years.

Even with the less than stellar macro environment, franchisees are undeterred.

“When they look at the P&L today, when they look at the cash flow they’re generating, it creates a lot of excitement,” Wingstop CEO Michael Skipworth told analysts in late July. “A lot of enthusiasm for the development.”

Every year the QSR 50 looks at several statistics in the fast food segment, one of them being the total number of units. The following slideshow ranks the 50 largest US chains by national footprint at the end of 2021.

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To note: The number of units is that of US restaurants at the end of 2021.

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