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Investment

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Investment

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Financing
Available

Growth Prospect

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Leaders

1

Del Taco

Lake Forest, CA

David Jameson
949-462-7379
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1964

254

$500,000

$767,000 - $1,640,500

5%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%
Increased +10

+10

 

2

Pita Pit USA

Couer D'Alene, ID

Bill Wilfong
208-765-3326
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1995

455

$25K

$198.5 - 320.6K

5%

Yes

 

100

 

99

 

100

 

99

 

100

99.6%
Increased +54

+54

 
Strong Performers

4

Jersey Mike's Subs

Manasquan, NJ

Peter Cancro
732-223-4044
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1956

700

$18.5K

$243.3 - 492.7K

6.5%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

100

 

99

 

100

99%
Increased +26

+26

 

5

Elmer's Restaurants

Portland, OR

Jerry Scott
503-252-1485
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1960

19

$25K

$600 - 2,000K

15%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

100

 

98

 

99

98.6%
Increased +38

+38

 

6

America's Taco Shop

Scottsdale, AZ

Terry Bortin
480-362-4800
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2008

57

$42K

$247,600 - $867,750

6%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

98

98.4%
Increased +40

+40

 
Contenders

7

Firehouse Subs

Jacksonville, FL

Greg Delks
904-886-8300
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1994

802

$90,000 - $100,000

$131,150 - $928,405

6%

Yes

 

100

 

97

 

100

 

96

 

97

98%
Increased +90

+90

 

8

Great Wraps

Atlanta, GA

Mark Kaplan
404-248-9900
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1978

98

$22.5K

$225 - 350K

5.5%

Yes

 

96

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

96

97.8%
Increased +68

+68

 

9

MOOYAH Burgers Fries Shakes

Plano, TX

Michael Mabry
855-666-9247
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2007

100 stores in 19 states and 9 countries

$35K

$373,350 to $623,300

6%

Yes

 

95

 

99

 

96

 

100

 

98

97.6%
Increased +48

+48

 

10

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Dallas, Texas

Jim Treliving
972-484-9022
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2010

100+

$2586

$2533

5%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

98

 

96

97.2%
Increased +10

+10

 

11

Denny's

Spartanburg, SC

John Miller
864-597-8164
More info

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1963

1,535

$40K

$1,179 - 2,396.2K

4%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

95

 

97

96.8%
Increased +67

+67

 

12

Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers

Okemos, MI

Brent Skaggs
859-219-1608
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2012

17

$150,000

$374,000 - $879,000.

5%

Yes

 

95

 

97

 

95

 

98

 

97

96.4%
Increased +67

+67

 

13

Chili's

Dallas, TX

Kelli Schindelegger
972-770-1257
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1975

678

$30K

$110K - $195K

7%

Yes

 

96

 

97

 

95

 

98

 

95

96.2%
Increased +11

+11

 

14

Nature's Table

Orlando, FL

Brittany Ward
407-481-2544
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1977

78

$30K

$56.2 - 372.1K

6%

Yes

 

95

 

96

 

96

 

97

 

95

95.8%
Decreased -6

-6

 

16

Golden Chick

Richardson, TX

Danielle Mamaradlo
972-831-0911
More info

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1967

112

$25K

$450 - 1,400K

4%

Yes

 

95

 

94

 

95

 

96

 

97

95.4%
Increased +13

+13

 

17

5 & Diner

Maynard, MA

Michael Lacey
877-951-1951
More info

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1989

8

$150-350K

$450 - 750K

10%

Yes

 

96

 

92

 

97

 

95

 

96

95.2%
Increased +18

+18

 

18

Moxie's Classic Grill

Calgary, AB

Scott Thomson
403-543-2600
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1986

28

$60K-100K

$3.3M 40% cash

4%

Yes

 

96

 

94

 

95

 

94

 

95

94.8%
Increased +21

+21

 

19

Farmer Boys Food

Riverside, CA

Tom Krutilek
951-275-9900
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1981

56

$2586K

$1,317 - 2,168K

6%

Yes

 

94

 

93

 

95

 

95

 

96

94.6%
Increased +72

+72

 

20

East Coast Wings & Grill

Winston-Salem, NC

Sam Ballas
954-263-2056
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1995

30

$30K

$245,050 to $873,374

5%

Yes

 

94

 

95

 

93

 

94

 

95

94.2%
Increased +33

+33

 

21

Fresh To Order

Alpharetta, GA

Pierre Panos
770-594-8644
More info

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2005

412

$9486K

$590 - 790K

6%

Yes

 

93

 

92

 

95

 

94

 

95

93.8%
Increased +15

+15

 

22

D.P. Dough

Columbus, OH

Matt Crumpton
614-561-6161
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1987

23

$75,000

$201.8 - 304.8K

4%

Yes

 

93

 

92

 

95

 

92

 

95

93.4%
Increased +1

+1

 

23

Cousins Subs

Menomonee Falls, WI

Bill Specht
262-253-7700
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1972

123

$100,000

$119,200 - $344,500

6%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

94

 

92

 

93

93%
Decreased -22

-22

 

24

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

Bronx, NY

Lowell Hawthorne
718-655-7878
More info

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1989

117

$15-25K

$173 - 564K

3%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

94

 

92

 

92

92.8%
Increased +44

+44

 

25

Earl of Sandwich

Orlando, FL

John Montagu
407-992-2989
More info

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1762

12

$9486K

$201.6 - 593.2K

6%

Yes

 

89

 

94

 

94

 

92

 

93

92.4%
Increased +29

+29

 

26

The Boiling Crab

Fountain Valley, CA

Dada Ngo
714-554-6181
More info

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2004

9

$178691

$120 - 180K

4%

Yes

 

92

 

93

 

93

 

91

 

91

92%
Increased +38

+38

 

27

Cora Franchise Group

Mississauga, ON

David Polny
905-673-2672
More info

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1987

127

$1986

$2573

4%

Yes

 

93

 

93

 

91

 

90

 

91

91.6%
Increased +53

+53

 

28

Famous Dave's

Minnetonka, MN

Ed Rensi
952-294-1300
More info

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1995

187

$500,000 - $1,000,000

$636,750 - $4,239,750

5%

Yes

 

92

 

92

 

91

 

92

 

90

91.4%
Decreased -14

-14

 

29

Extreme Pita

Scottsdale, AZ

Ken Monteith
905-820-7887
More info

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1997

271

$80,000

$160,000 - $442,000

6%

Yes

 

92

 

89

 

93

 

91

 

91

91.2%
Increased +3

+3

 

30

Bonanza Steakhouse

Plano, TX

Tom Sacco
927-244-8900
More info

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1963

27

$40K

$1,300 - 1,900K

7%

Yes

 

89

 

92

 

91

 

91

 

92

91%
Increased +52

+52

 

31

Ben's Chili Bowl

Washington, DC

Frank White
202-667-2367
More info

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1958

135

$25861

$925330

7%

Yes

 

89

 

92

 

92

 

91

 

90

90.8%
Increased +14

+14

 

32

BGR The Burger Joint

Landsdowne, VA

Philip Kaufman
410-371-2121
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2008

10

$97,000

$199,500 - $599,500

15%

Yes

 

90

 

91

 

89

 

90

 

92

90.4%
Decreased -28

-28

 

33

Cold Stone Creamery

Scottsdale, AZ

Moree, JT
480-362-4800
More info

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1988

1,423

$125,000

$277,375 - $464,325

6%

Yes

 

89

 

89

 

91

 

91

 

90

90%
Decreased -26

-26

 

34

The Chicken Salad Chick

Auburn, AL

Jim Thompson
334-275-4578
More info

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2011

11

$9486K

$2533

4%

Yes

 

91

 

90

 

89

 

88

 

91

89.8%
Increased +62

+62

 

35

b.good

Boston, MA

Anthony S. Ackil
508-878-2766
More info

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2004

363

$40K

$393 - 620K

10%

Yes

 

89

 

88

 

91

 

90

 

89

89.4%
Decreased -23

-23

 

36

Fuddruckers

Houston, TX

Phil Romano
713-329-6814
More info

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1980

121

$250,000 - $400,000

$750,000 - $1,000,000

5%

Yes

 

88

 

86

 

90

 

91

 

91

89.2%
Increased +62

+62

 

37

Bennigan's Restaurant

Dallas, TX

Carolyn Peoples
469-248-4420
More info

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1976

80

$1486K

$250 - 5,000K

10%

Yes

 

90

 

87

 

88

 

89

 

90

88.8%
Increased +58

+58

 

38

All American Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Shops

Portland, Oregon

Bryan Jonathan
800-311-3930
More info

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1986

20

$90,000

$191,700 - $494,450

6%

Yes

 

89

 

88

 

90

 

87

 

88

88.4%
Decreased -10

-10

 

39

Burger King

Miami, FL

Keith J. Kramer
305-378-7011
More info

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1954

1214

$65,000

$221,000 to $391,200

7%

Yes

 

89

 

89

 

88

 

86

 

88

88%
Decreased -24

-24

 

40

California Fresh

Los Angeles, CA

Steve Bridge
805-637-2423
More info

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2000

132

$20K

$120 - 218K

4%

Yes

 

87

 

87

 

89

 

89

 

86

87.6%
Decreased -23

-23

 

42

Frullati Cafe & Bakery

Scottsdale, AZ

JT Moree
480-362-4800
More info

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1985

37

$45K

$150,900 - $511,300

6%

Yes

 

86

 

88

 

87

 

86

 

88

87%
Increased +43

+43

 

43

Church's Chicken

Atlanta, GA

George W. Church
770-350-3800
More info

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1952

1,426

$25K

$424.3 - 1,252K

5%

Yes

 

88

 

86

 

88

 

84

 

87

86.6%
Increased +30

+30

 

44

Amorini Panini

Washington, D.C.

Matthew Gray
202-601-8998
More info

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2010

264

$1786

$315 - 430K

6%

Yes

 

88

 

88

 

82

 

88

 

86

86.4%
Increased +42

+42

 

45

Long John Silver's

Louisville, KY

Jim Patterson
502-815-6100
More info

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1969

1,313

$20K

$883 - 1,403K

5%

Yes

 

85

 

87

 

86

 

88

 

85

86.2%
Increased +21

+21

 

46

Buffalo Wild Wings

Minneapolis, MN

Jim Disbrow
952-593-9943
More info

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1982

818

$40K

$1,729 - 3,149K

5%

Yes

 

87

 

86

 

87

 

85

 

85

86%
Increased +53

+53

 

47

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Restaurants

Dallas, TX

Jerrell Denton
972-248-9899
More info

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1941

284

$1481

$230.1 - 1,375.3K

5%

Yes

 

86

 

85

 

83

 

87

 

87

85.6%
Decreased -37

-37

 

48

Burger House

Dallas, TX

Angelo S. Chantilis, Sr.
713-621-8200
More info

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1951

46

$32K

$255 - 300K

5.0%

Yes

 

87

 

86

 

87

 

86

 

80

85.2%
Increased +3

+3

 

49

Growler USA

Centennial, CO

Brenda Elpers
720-465-6670 Ext 110
More info

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2014

7

$100,000

$396,363 - $591,310

6%

Yes

 

86

 

86

 

85

 

82

 

85

84.8%
Increased +28

+28

 

50

Burger 21

Tampa, FL

Arlene Johnston
813-405-3595
More info

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2010

13

$200,000

$422,083 - $974,395

5%

Yes

 

86

 

84

 

83

 

85

 

84

84.4%
Increased +9

+9

 
Growth Prospect

Over the course of our research we have found entrepreneurs to be highly concerned about the ability for a franchise to develop businesses which leverage strategies and methodologies to inhibit growth and expansion over time. It is important for the restaurant franchises to be taking the steps required to ensuring their businesses will be successful based on their internal strategies for providing food and service.

51

Corner Bakery Cafe

Dallas, TX

Mike Hislop
972-619-4100
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1991

167

$1696

$843,000 - $2,378,000

5%

Yes

 

85

 

84

 

85

 

83

 

83

84%
Decreased -10

-10

 

52

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

Charlotte, NC

Jeff Van Dyke
704-247-9736
More info

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1998

143

$45K

$570.5 - 950K

7%

Yes

 

84

 

84

 

84

 

83

 

83

83.6%
Decreased -25

-25

 

53

Blimpie America's Sub Shop

Scottsdale, AZ

Jeff Smit
480-362-4800
More info

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1964

558

$18K

$60 - 200K

6%

Yes

 

82

 

83

 

84

 

84

 

83

83.2%
Increased +31

+31

 

54

Figaro's Italian Kitchen

Salem, OR

Corkey Gorley
614-253-7090
More info

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1981

61

$150,000

$123,000 - $398,450

5%

Yes

 

82

 

83

 

82

 

83

 

84

82.8%
Increased +33

+33

 

56

Dunkin' Donuts

Canton, MA

Nigel Travis
800-859-5339
More info

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1950

10,993

$125,000

$216,100 - $1,530,050

5.9%

Yes

 

84

 

81

 

83

 

82

 

81

82.2%
Decreased -47

-47

 

57

Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips

New York, NY

Paul Occhiogrosso
212-359-3600
More info

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1969

199

$9486K

$150 - 300K

5%

Yes

 

82

 

83

 

81

 

81

 

82

81.8%
Decreased -24

-24

 

58

Culver's

Prairie Du Sac, WI

Craig Culver
608-644-2130
More info

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1984

447

$55K

$600 - 3,000K

4%

Yes

 

81

 

83

 

80

 

81

 

83

81.6%
Decreased -3

-3

 

59

Sculpture Hospitality

Louisville, KY

Patrick Morin
416-490-6266
More info

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1987

371

$43,400 - $57,100

$43,400 - $57,100

$15/Audit

Yes

 

83

 

81

 

81

 

78

 

83

81.2%
Increased +10

+10

 
Marketing Support

Restaurants are one of the most common types of businesses. As a result, it is important for franchises which produce restaurant businesses to be investing in targeted and highly effective advertising and marketing campaigns. It is important to target audiences which are most likely to select the restaurant based on their preference and the demographic which has previously shown interest in the type of food served.

61

Don Pablo's

Madison, GA

Paul Seidman
706-343-2000
More info

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1986

143

$20K

$2,100K

15%

Yes

 

82

 

79

 

79

 

82

 

82

80.8%
Decreased -48

-48

 

62

Chronic Tacos

Aliso Viejo, CA

Randy Wyner
949-366-9936
More info

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2002

28

$100,000

$250,000 - $500,000

10%

Yes

 

80

 

82

 

82

 

80

 

79

80.6%

NC

 

63

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Fort Worth, TX

Richard Phillips
817-624-8226
More info

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2007

74

$150,000

$330k - 1.07m

5%

Yes

 

79

 

82

 

80

 

80

 

81

80.4%
Increased +25

+25

 

64

Cold Stone Creamery

Scottsdale, AZ

Moree, JT
480-362-4800
More info

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1988

1,423

$125,000

$277,375 - $464,325

6%

Yes

 

79

 

81

 

79

 

82

 

80

80.2%
Decreased -57

-57

 

65

OrderUp

Baltimore, MD

Chris Jeffery
443-743-3272
More info

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2009

27

$100,000

$49,750 - $66,350

5%

Yes

 

81

 

81

 

78

 

80

 

80

80%
Increased +10

+10

 

66

The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Tampa, Florida

Andrew La Fazio
813-881-0055
More info

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1975

324

$6686

$96330

4%

Yes

 

79

 

80

 

81

 

79

 

80

79.8%
Decreased -26

-26

 

67

1989

479

$15K

$155,400 to $1,286,743

4%

Yes

 

79

 

80

 

80

 

79

 

80

79.6%
Decreased -45

-45

 

68

BurgerFi

North Palm Beach, FL

Black Angus
561-844-5528
More info

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2010

108

$37.5K

$480 - 950K

5.5%

Yes

 

79

 

81

 

79

 

78

 

80

79.4%
Increased +2

+2

 

69

French Fry Heaven

Jacksonville, FL

Scott Nelowet
904-699-3975
More info

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2010

20

$60,000

$118,900 - $339,700

6%

Yes

 

79

 

78

 

79

 

80

 

80

79.2%
Decreased -11

-11

 

70

Aurelio's Pizza

Homewood, IL

Joe Aurelio
708-798-0080
More info

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1959

409

$49K

$864,000 - $1,198,000

6%

Yes

 

78

 

80

 

78

 

80

 

78

78.8%
Decreased -64

-64

 
Training

Different types of restaurants often require a different style or level of training compared to fast food restaurants. It is important for the franchises to be invested in ensuring individuals are being trained properly for the preparation and handling food. It is also important for the restaurant franchises to provide their restaurants with training materials and information to ensure consistent quality across them.

71

Corporate Caterers

Miami, FL

Dennis McGinley
305-223-1230
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1997

19

$9486K

$89.5 - 161.2K

5%

Yes

 

79

 

77

 

80

 

79

 

77

78.4%
Decreased -21

-21

 

72

Filta Group

Orlando, FL

Adam Blake
407-996-5550
More info

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1996

130

$24.75

$79 - 88.5K

7%

Yes

 

78

 

78

 

77

 

79

 

79

78.2%
Decreased -23

-23

 

73

Domino's Pizza

Ann Arbor, MI

James Monaghan
734-930-3030
More info

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1960

9,942

$25-25.5K

$120 - 461.7K

5-4%

Yes

 

79

 

77

 

78

 

76

 

79

77.8%
Decreased -42

-42

 

74

Cheeseburger Bobby's

Kennesaw, NW

Bobby Stoll
770-218-9962
More info

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2011

11

$2586

$12533

4%

Yes

 

76

 

79

 

76

 

79

 

77

77.4%
Increased +16

+16

 

75

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Carpinteria, CA

Tina Slay
805-745-7841
More info

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1941

913

$300,000

$1,318,000 - $1,814,000

4%

Yes

 

77

 

77

 

78

 

75

 

78

77%
Decreased -72

-72

 

76

Dairy Queen

Minneapolis, MN

Mike Mettler
952-896-2542
More info

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1940

Over 6,000

$400,000

$1,077,225 - $1,833,125

4%

Yes

 

77

 

76

 

75

 

78

 

77

76.6%
Decreased -74

-74

 

77

Chuck E. Cheese's

Irving, TX

Tiffany B. Kice
972-258-4525
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1998

50

$75K

$1,500K +

5.9%

Yes

 

76

 

75

 

78

 

77

 

76

76.4%
Decreased -17

-17

 

78

Bojangles' Restaurants Inc.

Charlotte, NC

Randy Kibler
704-527-2675
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1977

601

$500,000

$357,000 - $553,750

4%

Yes

 

75

 

77

 

77

 

76

 

75

76%
Decreased -60

-60

 

79

Biggby Coffee

East Lansing, MI

Mary Roszel
517-482-8145
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1994

168

$70,000

$159,850 - $316,100

5%

Yes

 

76

 

76

 

74

 

76

 

77

75.8%
Decreased -74

-74

 

80

Costa Vida Restaurants

Lehi, UT

Sarah Gardner
801-797-2374
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2003

100+

$223K

$82874K

7%

Yes

 

75

 

75

 

77

 

76

 

75

75.6%
Decreased -36

-36

 
Ongoing Support

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81

Chicken Salad Chick

Auburn, AL

Kevin Brown
334-275-4578
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2008

443

$1786

$120 - 180K

6%

No

 

77

 

74

 

77

 

76

 

72

75.2%
Decreased -34

-34

 

82

LYFE Kitchen

Palo Alto, CA

Don Nichols
877-305-5933
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2010

324

$1786

$1,900 - 2,146K

5%

Yes

 

74

 

76

 

76

 

74

 

74

74.8%
Decreased -40

-40

 

83

Golden Corral Buffet and Grill

Raleigh, NC

Bob McDevitt
919-781-9310
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1973

377

$500,000

$211,350 - $5,727,120

4%

Yes

 

76

 

74

 

74

 

73

 

76

74.6%
Decreased -31

-31

 

84

Brinker International

Dallas, TX

Kelli Schindelegger
972-770-1257
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1975

639

$133K

$209,600 to $592,100

7%

Yes

 

74

 

76

 

76

 

73

 

73

74.4%
Decreased -63

-63

 

85

Erbert & Gerbert's Subs & Clubs

Eau Claire, WI

Michael Wallick
800-283-5241
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1987

60

$25K

$189,500 - $391,700

6%

Yes

 

75

 

73

 

74

 

75

 

74

74.2%
Decreased -24

-24

 

86

Fatburger

Beverly Hills, CA

Andrew Wiederhorn
310-402-0606
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1952

155

$50K

$498.1 - 850.6K

6%

Yes

 

75

 

74

 

73

 

75

 

73

74%
Decreased -5

-5

 

87

Green Leaf's

Eagan, MN

Rachelle Slotnick
651-688-6999
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1976

100+

$9486K

$925330

4%

Yes

 

74

 

72

 

75

 

75

 

72

73.6%
Decreased -24

-24

 

88

Friendly's Restaurants

Wilbraham, MA

Dave Ulgenalp
413-731-4000
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1935

197

$15-35K

$474.8 - 1,977.1K

7%

Yes

 

72

 

73

 

72

 

75

 

75

73.4%
Decreased -40

-40

 

89

Blast 825 Pizza

Fresno, CA

Stacy Soderstrom
559-981-0721
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2013

43

$1686

$176.9 - 701.5K

4%

Yes

 

71

 

74

 

74

 

72

 

74

73%
Decreased -22

-22

 

90

Kahala Franchising, L.L.C.

Scottsdale, AZ

Jennifer Jenkins
480-362-4800
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2003

26

$1786

$145.7 - 461.3K

4%

Yes

 

72

 

74

 

74

 

70

 

73

72.6%
Increased +3

+3