Top 500 Results Are In: LSRs Win Big

Results from our recently released 2016 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report reveal a powerful story of sales growth and comebacks at many leading restaurant chains. Total Top 500 sales grew 5.0%, up from 4.2% growth in 2014 and 3.5% growth in 2013. The limited-service segment drove much of this success, charting a 5.5% sales increase […]

Fast-Casual Pizza: A Familiar Growth Story, with a Twist

The rise of build-your-own pizza is reminiscent of the explosive growth over the past five years of the better-burger segment. But there is an important difference. Unlike traditional quick-service burger chains, which have struggled to defend their traffic and market share from this new fast-casual competition, most of the giant pizza chains are growing sales […]

Celebrating Fast-Casual Up-and-Comers

It’s National Small Business Week, and President Barack Obama and the U.S. Small Business Administration are among those celebrating the vital contributions of the country’s entrepreneurs and their built-from-the-ground-up ventures. Based on current federal size standards for most retail concepts, a small business is one that averages less than $7 million in receipts annually. So […]