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2022 Dominators

2022 Dominators

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

That’s why we have to provide an “asterisk” to the rankings yet again this year: they were compiled from FDDs created during the pandemic—and thus are not as representative as in the past as franchisees both large and small divest units, file for Chapter 11 protection, or simply decide it’s time to retire or move on to new adventures.

On the upside, there are the franchisees and brands that quickly adapted, were deemed essential early on, or whose business model accommodated the evolving new normal (drive-thrus, delivery, carryout, smaller footprints, etc.). Banking on their good credit, solid infrastructure, and proven track record, these dominators moved forward and are creating historically large franchisee organizations that have changed the face of franchising.

Even during these post-pandemic (we hope) times, they continue to create 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, encouraging their employees to support local organizations and charities—especially now. (Think hurricanes, floods, droughts, and inflation.)

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., P.R.)

LARGEST FRANCHISEE

UNITS

ALABAMA

TACALA 

120

ALASKA

MICHAEL DAVIDSON

SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT OF ALASKA (tie)

21

ARIZONA

DESERT DE ORO FOODS

172

ARKANSAS

K-MAC ENTERPRISES

95

CALIFORNIA

G&M OIL CO 

278

COLORADO

ALVARADO CONCEPTS 

94

CONNECTICUT

WENDPARTNERS FRANCHISE GROUP

44

D.C.

TEAM WASHINGTON

9

DELAWARE

MICHAEL A MEOLI

16

FLORIDA

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP 

175

GEORGIA

GPS HOSPITALITY 

101

HAWAII

SCANLAN MANAGEMENT 

60

IDAHO

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP 

42

ILLINOIS

DHANANI GROUP

208

INDIANA

CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP

101

IOWA

MERCHANT INVESTMENTS

40

KANSAS

ROTTINGHAUS COMPANY

150

KENTUCKY

FOURTEEN FOODS

62

LOUISIANA

GPS HOSPITALITY 

119

MAINE

FQSR (DBA KBP BRANDS)

29

MARYLAND

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP 

91

MASSACHUSETTS

HK ENTERPRISES

73

MICHIGAN

VISION GROWTH PARTNERS/SUPER C GROUP

79

MINNESOTA

BORDER FOODS

87

MISSISSIPPI

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP 

130

MISSOURI

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP 

140

MONTANA

MERIDIAN RESTAURANTS UNLIMITED

THE TAX DOCTORS (tie)

21

NEBRASKA

DHANANI GROUP

42

NEVADA

TERRIBLE HERBST

85

NEW HAMPSHIRE

THE NAPOLI GROUP 

32

NEW JERSEY

BRIAD RESTAURANT & LODGING GROUP 

62

NEW MEXICO

B & B CONSULTANTS

68

NEW YORK

METRO FRANCHISING COMMISSARY 

139

NORTH CAROLINA

CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP

150

NORTH DAKOTA

MIDWEST SUBWAY DEVELOPMENT

20

OHIO

THE COVELLI FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

135

OKLAHOMA

LOVE’S TRAVEL STOPS & COUNTRY STORES

105

OREGON

AAMBROSIA QSR 

60

PENNSYLVANIA

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP 

123

PUERTO RICO

SOUTH AMERICAN RESTAURANTS/LARREA GROUP

113

RHODE ISLAND

THE JAN COMPANIES

25

SOUTH CAROLINA

CAROLINA RESTAURANT GROUP

53

SOUTH DAKOTA

VELARDE

23

TENNESSEE

CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP

125

TEXAS

SUN HOLDINGS 

427

UTAH

SIZZLING PLATTER

64

VERMONT

VERMONT DONUT ENTERPRISES 

15

VIRGINIA

BODDIE-NOELL ENTERPRISES

176

WASHINGTON

NORTHWEST RESTAURANTS

106

WEST VIRGINIA

LITTLE GENERAL STORE

48

WISCONSIN

VELARDE

108

WYOMING

GRAND MERE CAPITAL

20

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

MSA 

FRANCHISED UNITS

LOS ANGELES-RIVERSIDE-ORANGE COUNTY CA

19,133

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

18,836

CHICAGO-GARY-KENOSHA IL-IN-WI

11,158

WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE DC-MD-VA-WV

10,609

DALLAS-FORT WORTH TX

10,405

HOUSTON-GALVESTON-BRAZORIA TX

9,451

ATLANTA GA

8,607

SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND-SAN JOSE CA

7,779

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

7,372

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

7,119

DETROIT-ANN ARBOR-FLINT MI

6,477

PHOENIX-MESA AZ 

5,973

SEATTLE-TACOMA-BREMERTON WA

5,049

DENVER-BOULDER-GREELEY CO

4,955

MIAMI-FORT LAUDERDALE FL

4,642

MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL MN-WI

4,636

TAMPA-SAINT PETERSBURG-CLEARWATER FL

4,536

SAN DIEGO CA

3,861

CHARLOTTE-GASTONIA-ROCK HILL NC-SC

3,828

ORLANDO FL

3,781

SAINT LOUIS MO-IL

3,713

CLEVELAND-AKRON OH

3,540

PORTLAND-SALEM OR-WA

3,367

LAS VEGAS NV-AZ

3,229

CINCINNATI-HAMILTON OH-KY-IN

3,221

INDIANAPOLIS IN

3,171

SACRAMENTO-YOLO CA

3,063

SAN ANTONIO TX

3,058

AUSTIN-SAN MARCOS TX

3,003

KANSAS CITY MO-KS

2,989

NASHVILLE TN

2,984

RALEIGH-DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL NC

2,946

PITTSBURGH PA

2,834

NORFOLK-VIRGINIA BEACH-NEWPORT NEWS VA-NC

2,803

COLUMBUS OH

2,740

MILWAUKEE-RACINE WI

2,391

JACKSONVILLE FL

2,322

SALT LAKE CITY-OGDEN UT

2,242

OKLAHOMA CITY OK

2,087

WEST PALM BEACH-BOCA RATON FL

2,054

RICHMOND-PETERSBURG VA

1,956

GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG-ANDERSON SC

1,877

HARTFORD CT

1,815

GREENSBORO--WINSTON-SALEM--HIGH POINT NC

1,788

LOUISVILLE KY-IN

1,668

NEW ORLEANS LA

1,654

MEMPHIS TN-AR-MS

1,611

KNOXVILLE TN

1,504

OMAHA NE-IA

1,471

GRAND RAPIDS-MUSKEGON-HOLLAND MI

1,444

BIRMINGHAM AL

1,439

DAYTON-SPRINGFIELD OH

1,334

TULSA OK

1,286

CHARLESTON-NORTH CHARLESTON SC

1,285

SARASOTA-BRADENTON FL

1,241

LITTLE ROCK-NORTH LITTLE ROCK AR

1,175

COLORADO SPRINGS CO

1,161

FRESNO CA

1,159

TUCSON AZ

1,148

FORT MYERS-CAPE CORAL FL

1,144

COLUMBIA SC

1,129

DES MOINES IA

1,119

ALBUQUERQUE NM

1,115

BUFFALO-NIAGARA FALLS NY

1,085

BATON ROUGE LA

1,069

HONOLULU HI

1,064

BOISE CITY ID

1,028

LEXINGTON KY

991

ROCHESTER NY

990

MOBILE AL

980

ALBANY-SCHENECTADY-TROY NY

972

WICHITA KS

937

EL PASO TX

933

CHATTANOOGA TN-GA

930

PROVIDENCE-FALL RIVER-WARWICK RI-MA

919

HARRISBURG-LEBANON-CARLISLE PA

918

BAKERSFIELD CA

911

MADISON WI

906

AUGUSTA-AIKEN GA-SC

843

DAYTONA BEACH FL

842

MELBOURNE-TITUSVILLE-PALM BAY FL

836

STOCKTON-LODI CA

836

ALLENTOWN-BETHLEHEM-EASTON PA

830

LAKELAND-WINTER HAVEN FL

808

FAYETTEVILLE-SPRINGDALE-ROGERS AR

805

JACKSON MS

791

TOLEDO OH

759

SAVANNAH GA

755

PENSACOLA FL

750

HUNTSVILLE AL

749

FORT WAYNE IN

712

SYRACUSE NY

706

MYRTLE BEACH SC

702

MCALLEN-EDINBURG-MISSION TX

698

WILMINGTON NC

690

PROVO-OREM UT

683

FORT PIERCE-PORT SAINT LUCIE FL

654

JOHNSON CITY-KINGSPORT-BRISTOL TN-VA

653

SCRANTON--WILKES-BARRE--HAZLETON PA

646

MODESTO CA

641

SPOKANE WA

640

RENO NV

639

SPRINGFIELD MO

636

LAFAYETTE LA

633

MACON GA

617

YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN OH

603

Largest Franchisees By Region

WEST
(AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

UNITS

G & M OIL CO

278

HARMAN MANAGEMENT

242

AMERICAN WEST RESTAURANT GROUP

233

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

212

AKASH MANAGEMENT

211

 

MOUNTAIN WEST
(CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

UNITS

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

160

SIZZLING PLATTER

105

HARMAN MANAGEMENT

104

ALVARADO CONCEPTS

94

MBN BRANDS

81

 

SOUTHWEST
(AZ, NV, NM)

UNITS

DESERT DE ORO FOODS

182

B & B CONSULTANTS

115

TERRIBLE HERBST

85

STINE ENTERPRISES

79

QUALITY BRAND GROUP

64

 

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

UNITS

ROTTINGHAUS COMPANY

285

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

269

K-MAC ENTERPRISES

162

LOVE’S TRAVEL STOPS & COUNTRY STORES

158

FUGATE ENTERPRISES

138

 

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

UNITS

DHANANI GROUP

331

CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP

288

FQSR (dba KBP BRANDS)

277

VISION GROWTH PARTNER/SUPER C GROUP

212

BORDER FOODS

177

EYM GROUP

177

 

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

UNITS

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

854

SUN HOLDINGS

500

FQSR (dba KBP BRANDS)

496

CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP

460

DHANANI GROUP

369

 

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

UNITS

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

262

CARROLS RESTAURANT GROUP

229

FQSR (dba KBP BRANDS)

143

METRO FRANCHISING COMMISSARY 

139

BRIAD RESTAURANT & LODGING GROUP

113

 

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

UNITS

DHANANI GROUP

100

HK ENTERPRISES

89

DE FOODS

61

FLYNN RESTAURANT GROUP

60

PR RESTAURANTS

60

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

Published: December 2nd, 2022

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