NEW YORK CITY — Chick-fil-A has been named the country’s ‘hottest’ restaurant chain by the Nation’s Restaurant News in its latest ranking of the Top 100 chains.
Over the past five years, Chick-fil-A’s system sales have increased nearly 73 percent, to about $7.9 billion from $4.6 billion.
The company does this with unit volumes far and above any of its competitors.
Its unit volumes are nearly $3.9 million, up 10.7 percent over last year. Over the past five years, Chick-fil-A’s estimated unit volumes have increased more than 39 percent, based on NRN Top 100 data.
NRN noted that the chain accomplishes this volume even as it closes Sundays and closes its restaurants every night, avoiding 24-hour drive-thrus or holiday openings.
The company had 2,085 locations as of the end of 2016. That’s up 25 percent from five years ago, when Chick-fil-A operated 1,669 units.