Chain Store Guide's annual report, "The 50 Fastest-Growing Chain Restaurant Operators," has just been released. It features mostly small but up-and-coming chains that have excelled at five-year unit growth. Which Wich, for example, snagged the top spot with 836 percent growth.
Three small pizza chains made the list, including Sarpino's Pizzeria International Inc. at No. 23 with 200 percent growth; Garlic Jim’s Franchise Corp. at No. 35 with 163 percent growth; and Topper’s Pizza at No. 50 with 125 percent growth.
The report’s executive summary lauded the listed concepts as those that have weathered the economic downturn through savvy franchising.
"Suppliers and service providers looking for new opportunities would be well serve to focus on this vibrant group of companies," the report said.