2014 Second 100: Five facts about restaurant unit growth

2014 Second 100: Five facts about restaurant unit growth

This is part of Nation’s Restaurant News’ annual Second 100 report, a proprietary census ranking restaurant brands Nos. 101-200 by U.S. systemwide sales and other data. This special report focuses on a smaller, more growth-oriented universe than the Top 100 report. 

Second 100 chains as a group added 184 units in the Latest Year, bringing their total domestic count to 19,266. That represented 1.0-percent growth in total stores compared with the Preceding-Year’s increase of 1.5 percent. The aggregate number of company-operated units decreased by 0.3 percent to 9,182 in the Latest Year, versus growth of 0.9 percent a year earlier, while the number of franchised locations rose by 2.1 percent to 10,084 compared with similar Preceding-Year growth of

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