DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)Smashburger, the nation's fastest growing better burger concept, today announced it is ranked number 99 on the 30th annual Inc. 500, thanks to its three year sales growth of 2,673%. The Inc. 500 is an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs.
Smashburger is the country's fastest growing better burger restaurant concept, known for its smashed to order premium juicy burgers and a broad menu that includes grilled and crispy chicken sandwiches, entrée salads and an array of signature sides. There are currently 117 Smashburger locations nationwide and the company is on track to reach the 500 unit milestone within the next few years through partnerships with experienced multi-unit franchisees as well as corporate store growth.
"We are very proud to be among the top 100 companies on this year's Inc. 500 and to be recognized for our rapid growth over the past three years," commented Dave Prokupek, Chairman and CEO of Smashburger. "We opened our first Smashburger in 2007 because we believed the burger industry was starving for innovation. Consumers were lacking options for a better dining experience that pairs premium products with a format conducive to their busy lifestyle. Smashburger fills the void by combining quality food, service and experience in a manner that is still fast, convenient and affordable. We are confident that at just 117 locations today, we have significant opportunity for continued growth."
The 2011 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 23 to November 15 and on Inc.com), is a group of companies that are smaller but much faster-growing than last year's crop. Aggregate revenue is $10.5 billion, with a median three-year growth of 1,275 percent. The companies on this year's list employ more than 46,000 people and generated over 35,000 jobs in the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 500, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com/500.
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The 2011 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2007 to 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2007. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2010. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2007 is $100,000; the minimum for 2010 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.
Smashburger is the country's fastest growing, fast casual "better burger" restaurant. Its hand-crafted burgers are made with fresh, never frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef, that are "smashed", seared and seasoned on the grill to juicy perfection for every individual order. Guests can create their own burger masterpiece or enjoy one of Smashburger's innovative signature recipes; including a unique burger for every local market that highlights the distinctive flavors of that region. Smashburger also serves tender marinated grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, grilled and split hot dogs, freshly prepared entrée salads, kids meals, handspun Häagen-Dazs shakes and an array of signature sides. Developed and owned by private equity firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), Smashburger operates and develops both corporate and multi-unit franchise territories across the country with 117 restaurants nationwide. Smashburger was also the recipient of the International Council of Shopping Centers 2011 Hot Retailer Award. To learn more, visit www.smashburger.com.
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