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2020 Dominators

2020 Dominators

Multi-unit and multi-brand operators continue to grow—and they’re getting bigger every year as these “dominators” grow their portfolios through acquisitions, new unit buildouts, refranchising, and scooping up successful units from retiring franchisees. This trend has only accelerated during Covid-19 as smaller and weaker operators sell to larger and stronger ones.

That’s why we have to provide an “asterisk” to the rankings this year: they were compiled from pre-Covid FDDs, so are as representative as usual, as franchisees both large and small divest units, file for Chapter 11 protection (NPC International), or simply decide it’s time to retire or get out of the business.

On the upside, there are franchisees who quickly adapted, were deemed “essential businesses,” or whose business model accommodated the new normal (drive-thru, delivery, carry-out, no-contact, etc.). Banking on their good credit, solid infrastructure, and proven track record, these dominators are creating historically large franchisee organizations.

Even during these tough times, they are still creating jobs by the thousands, hiring young employees and providing a career path for them to grow. They do business with local suppliers—lots of them! And they give back to their communities on a large scale, encouraging their employees to support local organizations and charities—especially now. No franchisee gets to the top without years of hard work, sacrifice, perseverance, and an unwavering desire to be the best. So congratulations to this year’s Dominators!

Largest Franchisees by State

STATE (and D.C.)

Largest Franchisee

Units

Alabama

NPC INTERNATIONAL

123

Alaska

SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT OF ALASKA

23

Arizona

DESERT DE ORO FOODS

170

Arkansas

K-MAC ENTERPRISES

87

California

G & M OIL

285

Colorado

HARMAN MANAGEMENT

91

Connecticut

CANTINA HOSPITALITY

36

Dist. of Columbia

PANKAJ SETH; TEAM WASHINGTON (tie)

9

Delaware

MITRA QSR

14

Florida

SUMMIT RESTAURANT GROUP

213

Georgia

GPS HOSPITALITY

100

Hawaii

KAZI MANAGEMENT

36

Idaho

NPC INTERNATIONAL

36

Illinois

DHANANI GROUP

189

Indiana

CARROLS GROUP

90

Iowa

NPC INTERNATIONAL

49

Kansas

ROTTINGHAUS

165

Kentucky

FOURTEEN FOODS

61

Louisiana

GPS HOSPITALITY

123

Maine

SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT OF MAINE

25

Maryland

NPC INTERNATIONAL

98

Massachusetts

HK ENTERPRISES

70

Michigan

VISION GROWTH PARTNERS /SUPER C GROUP

67

Minnesota

FRESH ALTERNATIVES

89

Mississippi

NPC INTERNATIONAL

146

Missouri

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

140

Montana

MERIDIAN RESTAURANTS UNLIMITED; GRAND MERE CAPITAL (tie)

21

North Carolina

SPEEDWAY

184

North Dakota

FARMERS UNION OIL

23

Nebraska

CARPENTER CONCEPTS

44

Nevada

TERRIBLE HERBST

85

New Hampshire

PETER NAPOLI

32

New Jersey

BRIAD RESTAURANT GROUP

74

New Mexico

BOBBY MERRITT

69

New York

METRO FRANCHISING COMMISSARY

145

Ohio

THE COVELLI FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

139

Oklahoma

WING FINANCIAL SERVICES (tie)

97

Oregon

AMBROSIA QSR OREGON

58

Pennsylvania

CARROLS GROUP; NPC INTERNATIONAL (tie)

62

Rhode Island

THE JAN COMPANIES

24

South Carolina

CIRCLE K STORES

47

South Dakota

CAVE ENTERPRISES OPERATIONS

23

Tennessee

SW DEVELOPMENT OF EAST TN

94

Texas

SUN HOLDINGS

521

Utah

SIZZLING PLATTER

81

Vermont

VERMONT DONUT ENTERPRISES

16

Virginia

BODDIE-NOELL ENTERPRISES

177

Washington

EMERALD CITY PIZZA

92

West Virginia

LITTLE GENERAL STORE

47

Wisconsin

CAVE ENTERPRISES OPERATIONS

95

Wyoming

GRAND MERE CAPITAL

22

Entire U.S.

(50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands)

MSA

FRANCHISED UNITS

LOS ANGELES-RIVERSIDE-ORANGE COUNTY, CA

19,639

NEW YORK-NORTHERN NEW JERSEY-LONG ISLAND, NY-NJ-CT-PA

18,927

CHICAGO-GARY-KENOSHA, IL-IN-WI

11,433

WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE, DC-MD-VA-WV

11,280

DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX

10,289

HOUSTON-GALVESTON-BRAZORIA, TX

9,053

ATLANTA, GA

8,557

SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE, CA

8,132

BOSTON-WORCESTER-LAWRENCE, MA-NH-ME-CT

7,495

PHILADELPHIA-WILMINGTON-ATLANTIC CITY, PA-NJ-DE-MD

7,082

DETROIT-ANN ARBOR-FLINT, MI

6,622

PHOENIX-MESA, AZ

5,965

SEATTLE-TACOMA-BREMERTON, WA

5,340

DENVER-BOULDER-GREELEY, CO

4,857

MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL, MN-WI

4,843

MIAMI-FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

4,685

TAMPA-SAINT PETERSBURG-CLEARWATER, FL

4,458

SAN DIEGO, CA

3,995

SAINT LOUIS, MO-IL

3,841

CHARLOTTE-GASTONIA-ROCK HILL, NC-SC

3,736

ORLANDO, FL

3,620

PORTLAND-SALEM, OR-WA

3,415

CLEVELAND-AKRON, OH

3,388

SAN ANTONIO, TX

3,060

SACRAMENTO-YOLO, CA

3,041

LAS VEGAS, NV-AZ

3,040

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON, OH-KY-IN

3,018

KANSAS CITY, MO-KS

3,017

AUSTIN-SAN MARCOS, TX

2,973

RALEIGH-DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL, NC

2,971

INDIANAPOLIS, IN

2,969

NASHVILLE, TN

2,929

NORFOLK-VIRGINIA BEACH-NEWPORT NEWS, VA-NC

2,859

PITTSBURGH, PA

2,736

COLUMBUS, OH

2,582

MILWAUKEE-RACINE, WI

2,382

JACKSONVILLE, FL

2,269

SALT LAKE CITY-OGDEN, UT

2,215

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

2,069

RICHMOND-PETERSBURG, VA

1,965

WEST PALM BEACH-BOCA RATON, FL

1,929

HARTFORD, CT

1,920

GREENSBORO-WINSTON-SALEM-HIGH POINT, NC

1,864

GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG-ANDERSON, SC

1,845

NEW ORLEANS, LA

1,664

LOUISVILLE, KY-IN

1,622

MEMPHIS, TN-AR-MS

1,613

KNOXVILLE, TN

1,526

GRAND RAPIDS-MUSKEGON-HOLLAND, MI

1,507

BIRMINGHAM, AL

1,488

OMAHA, NE-IA

1,467

DAYTON-SPRINGFIELD, OH

1,325

TULSA, OK

1,314

CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

1,299

SARASOTA-BRADENTON, FL

1,222

COLUMBIA, SC

1,176

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

1,174

LITTLE ROCK-NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

1,167

TUCSON, AZ

1,159

BUFFALO-NIAGARA FALLS, NY

1,150

FRESNO, CA

1,145

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

1,121

DES MOINES, IA

1,102

FORT MYERS-CAPE CORAL, FL

1,093

BOISE CITY, ID

1,069

BATON ROUGE, LA

1,049

ROCHESTER, NY

1,046

MOBILE, AL

1,011

ALBANY-SCHENECTADY-TROY, NY

992

MADISON, WI

951

HARRISBURG-LEBANON-CARLISLE, PA

948

LEXINGTON, KY

948

CHATTANOOGA, TN-GA

926

WICHITA, KS

925

BAKERSFIELD, CA

916

HONOLULU, HI

905

EL PASO, TX

903

PROVIDENCE-FALL RIVER-WARWICK, RI-MA

880

ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON, PA

869

STOCKTON-LODI, CA

844

AUGUSTA-AIKEN, GA-SC

842

MELBOURNE-TITUSVILLE-PALM BAY, FL

834

DAYTONA BEACH, FL

824

Largest Franchisees by Region

East
(DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, WV)

Units

CARROLS GROUP

217

NPC INTERNATIONAL

172

METRO FRANCHISING COMMISSARY

145

BRIAD RESTAURANT GROUP

131

MUY BRANDS

126

Midwest
(IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)

Units

DHANANI GROUP

285

CARROLS GROUP

281

KBP FOODS

205

BORDER FOODS

169

MUY BRANDS

157

Mountain West
(CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

Units

NPC INTERNATIONAL

144

SIZZLING PLATTER

125

HARMAN MANAGEMENT 

119

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

117

GRAND MERE CAPITAL

81

NEW ENGLAND
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Units

DHANANI GROUP

99

HK ENTERPRISES

87

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

63

PR RESTAURANTS

63

DE FOODS

57

Plains
(IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD)

Units

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

317

ROTTINGHAUS

316

NPC INTERNATIONAL

259

LOVES TRAVEL STOPS & COUNTRY STORES

153

K-MAC ENTERPRISES

151

South
(AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, IA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA)

Units

NPC INTERNATIONAL

1,100

SUN HOLDINGS

667

MUY BRANDS

475

KBP FOODS

435

ARAMARK

376

Southwest
(AZ, NV, NM)

Units

DESERT DE ORO FOODS

179

BOBBY MERRITT

119

TERRIBLE HERBST

85

STINE ENTERPRISES

80

SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT OF LAS VEGAS

65

West
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
Units

G & M OIL

285

HARMAN MANAGEMENT 

264

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PIZZA

250

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

196

TARGET

177

Note: Data based on most current FDDs.
Source: FRANdata

Published: October 25th, 2020

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