If you don’t have a Chick-fil-A I feel bad for you son. The delectable fried chicken sandwich purveyor is arguably the greatest fast food chain on the entire planet. What started in 1946 as a simple fried chicken joint in College Park, Georgia, has exploded into a nationwide obsession with over 2,300 restaurants. Chick-fil-A chicken is fried with peanut oil and love to create one amazingly tender and crispy masterpiece. The chain’s famous chicken and waffle fries have become so popular that Chick-fil-A is set to become the third-biggest fast-food chain by 2020.
According to restaurant consultants at Technomic, Chick-fil-A (which is currently the seventh-largest fast-food chain) is poised to surpass fast food giants Burger King, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s over the next two years. By 2020, Chick-fil-A is projected to be the third-largest fast-food chain in the world behind only McDonald’s and Starbucks. In a map of the most popular food chain in every state, Chick-fil-A was #1 in a majority of this great nation. At one busy location in Oklahoma City, the fast-food restaurant had employees take orders on tablets and served 216 cars in less than an hour, which is a rate of 3.6 customers per minute. That’s just at the drive-thru.
In 2017, Chick-fil-A had an astounding $9 billion in sales, up more than $1 billion than in 2016. On average, a Chick-fil-A location racks up $4.4 million in annual sales, compared to $2.5 for a McDonald’s or $2.7 per unit per year from Whataburger, which is the next closest. Chick-fil-A has these outstanding sales numbers despite being closed on Sundays and only being open six days a week.
Chick-fil-A has locations in 47 out of 50 states and is opening approximately 100 new stores per year. Their newest in the financial district of New York City, which is also the chain’s largest restaurant ever built. The brand new five-story Chick-fil-A has two kitchens, three floors dedicated to seating, plus rooftop dining. Last week, New Yorkers mobbed the new Chick-fil-A on Fulton Street when it first opened. Anybody want to go halfsies on a Chick-fil-A franchise?