Biggest Fast Food Chains in the World | 1971 – 2019 | Number of Outlets

What are the Fast Food chains with the most stores in the world? In this new in-depth analysis of the world of Fast Food. A market that seems to be expanding more and more. The ranking of the largest Fast Food chains was made from 1971 to 2019.

What are the Fast Food chains with the most stores in the world

The advent of the hamburger in the American culture develops mainly with the birth of Fast Food in several American states. The first restaurant of this type was founded in 1921 in Whichita, Kansas. White Castle is in fact the first American Fast Food that can be called by this name. But it was with the advent of McDonald’s and other chains in the following decades that the idea of Fast Food became increasingly popular in American society.

In 2019 the main Fast Food chains by number of stores are: Subway, McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Domino’s, Dunkin’, Baskin-Robbins, Taco Bell, Wendy’s. Subway and McDonald’s alone have nearly 80,000 fast food stores worldwide.

Top 100 Fast Food in 2019

But what are the top 100 Fast Food chains worldwide? Below I created a table showing the list of the first 100 (source Wikipedia). It is interesting to note that the first positions are occupied by the United States of America.

In the treemap below you can see the distribution of the 100 per State. As you can see, the American market covers 67 Fast Food chains out of the top 100. Next comes China with 7, the UK with 4 and Canada with 4.

PositionStateNameNumber of locations
1United StatesSubway42600
2United StatesMcDonald's38695
3United StatesStarbucks31256
4United StatesKFC24104
5United StatesBurger King18838
6United StatesPizza Hut18703
7United StatesDomino’s17020
8United StatesDunkin'12500
9United StatesTaco Bell7363
10United StatesHunt Brothers Pizza7300
11United StatesBaskin-Robbins5700
12United StatesWendy's6490
13United StatesHardee's5812
14United StatesOrange Julius5710
15United StatesPapa John's Pizza5318
16United StatesDairy Queen4800
United StatesLittle Caesars4800
18CanadaTim Hortons4775
20United KingdomCosta4000
22United StatesSonic Drive-In3497
23United StatesArby's3342
24United StatesPopeyes Louisiana Kitchen2926
25United StatesJimmy John's2522
27United StatesJack in the Box2267
28ChinaLEM hamburger2230
29United StatesPanda Express2200
30TaiwanTing Hsin International Group2160
31United StatesChick-fil-A2100
32United KingdomGreggs2050
33United StatesApplebee's2033
34United StatesPanera Bread2024
35United StatesChipotle Mexican Grill2010
36South KoreaPelicana Chicken2000
37ChinaShanghai Shihao2000
39ChinaPala Hamburger1850
40United StatesChester's International1800
41IndiaCafé Coffee Day1752
42JapanMOS Burger1730
43United StatesDenny's1700
United StatesChurch's Chicken1700
45United StatesIHOP1650
46United StatesWingStreet1600
47United StatesChili's1580
48United StatesAuntie Anne's1500
United StatesCarl's Jr.1500
United StatesFive Guys1500
United StatesWaffle House1500
52United StatesQuiznos1500
53United StatesPapa Murphy's1425
54United StatesKrispy Kreme1400
57United StatesLong John Silver's1200
58United StatesBuffalo Wild Wings1175
59United StatesA&W Restaurants1100
60United StatesFirehouse Subs1030
IndonesiaKebab Turki Baba Rafi1030
United StatesJersey Mike's Subs1000
South AfricaNando's1000
67United KingdomWetherspoons920
68United StatesHäagen-Dazs900
69CanadaA&W (Canada)850
70United StatesJamba Juice849
72Taiwan85C Bakery Cafe800
United StatesSbarro800
United StatesZaxby's800
75United StatesCheckers and Rally's784
76United StatesCinnabon750
77United StatesBlimpie739
78United StatesWhataburger735
79United KingdomSFC Plus700
80RussiaDodo Pizza653
81United StatesWingstop650
82United StatesEinstein Bros. Bagels649
83United StatesBojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits640
84United StatesCulver’s637
85United StatesMoe's Southwest Grill634
86CanadaPizza Pizza630
87United StatesQdoba Mexican Eats626
88United StatesRita's Italian Ice618
89United StatesSmoothie King600
90United StatesChuck E. Cheese's590
91CanadaPita Pit588
93United StatesDel Taco547
94United StatesSteak 'n Shake544
95South AfricaSteers525
96United StatesCaptain D's520
97ChinaDa Niang Dumpling514
98FranceBrioche Dorée512
99United StatesCharley's Grilled Subs510
100United StatesRound Table Pizza507
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