MOD Pizza does it again. The fast-casual chain nabbed the No. 1 spot for sales growth among Top 200 chains for the second consecutive year, with a 44.7% increase in U.S. systemwide sales in the Latest Year.
Following several years of double-digit growth, MOD — like its closest rival Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza — has established itself as one to watch in the crowded fast-casual pizza market. Blaze joins the Top 200 fastest-growing chain list as well, taking the No. 10 spot.
First Watch, which was the second-fastest-growing Top 200 chain with 33% Latest-Year sales growth, also had the distinction of being one of only three full-service brands in the Top 10 — and the only representative from the troubled Family-Dining segment.
Rounding out this year’s Top 10 list are two cult favorite burger chains, two next-gen Casual-Dining brands and three chains with laser-focused menus, specializing in chicken fingers, sub sandwiches or smoothies.
Despite their differences, these chains are all doing something right. All 10 had Latest-Year growth rates that far exceeded the 3.2% average for all Top 200 chains.
Get a closer look of each of these growing brands.
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Update, Aug. 9, 2019: This gallery has been updated with expanded Top 200 data and additional background on each chain.