New York City The fast-casual sandwich chain Which Wich is the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the United States, according to a new report by Chain Store Guide, Tampa, Fla.
The report, “Top 50 Fastest Growing Chain Restaurant Operators in the United States and Canada,” is based on a company’s growth relative to its status five years go. Dallas-based Which Wich, founded in 2003, has opened more than 90 new restaurants since 2006, with locations as far afield as Washington; Georgia; Texas; and Illinois.
Also exhibiting significant growth have been Salad Creations (+600%) and Five Guys Burgers and Fries (+559%). All three of the top chains are categorized as fast casual, reflecting the modern consumers’ willingness to pay a little more for food that tastes good and is prepared to order.
According to the survey, the most common path to growth has been franchising. Of the top three finishers, only Five Guys operates more than one of its signature brand restaurants.