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Find current information on the largest multi-unit franchisee enterprises in the country. These lists and rankings reveal how many units they have, their favorite brands, and which regions of the U.S. have the most franchised businesses.

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  • Del Taco
    Del Taco, one of the nation's largest Mexican quick-serve chains, first opened in 1964 serving up freshly prepared Mexican menu items such as tacos...
What do two attorneys, a former Applebee's CEO, and a retired NFL quarterback have in common? They're four of the six multi-unit franchisees we've profiled in this issue.
  • Kerry Pipes & Eddy Goldberg
  • 27,984
In the world of multi-unit franchisees, the big keep getting bigger. In our Multi-Brand 50 rankings, which we began publishing in 2008, the number of units operated by both the top 5 and top 10 franchisees has climbed steadily since 2010, following a post-recession drop-off when franchisees retreated from growth and instead focused on operational efficiency and selling or closing under-performing units.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 10,817
We kick off 2016 with our annual Mega 99 issue: a list of the largest U.S. franchisees ranked by total number of units--along with 7 profiles of multi-unit mega-operators.
  • 4,212
Franchise Business Review Provides Data and Insight on Women in Franchising
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,790
Making adjustments to your vision and preparing a strategic action plan are sure ways to build even greater success in the coming year.
  • Sherry B. Jordan
  • 4,516
Some people are born with a deep desire to win. They are passionate, determined, aggressive, and persistent. We've come to label these multi-unit franchisees "Dominators."
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 3,498
When it comes to creating a successful corporate culture, veteran Jiffy Lube franchisee Richard Paek has found that seeing does lead to believing.
  • Helen Bond
  • 5,010
Franchising is easy: all it takes is a lot of blood, sweat, and overcoming fears to open and successfully operate a franchise unit--not to mention multiple units of a single brand.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 5,406
We've rounded up another "Mega 99" issue--and that means some big numbers.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 5,337
When David Gronewoller was asked to be part of this "Dominators" issue, the Golden Corral franchisee expressed sincere surprise.
  • Helen Bond
  • 4,910
To celebrate and recognize the achievements of multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees, we again turn our annual focus to multi-unit franchisees we like to call "Dominators."
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,643
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Open a Golden Corral Buffet and Grill Franchise
Golden Corral is the nation's leading family style restaurant franchise featuring steaks, buffet and bakery items.
For many multi-unit franchisees one brand just isn't enough. They prefer to spread their risk across different brands, seeking diversity and economies of scale.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,397
Not all entrepreneurs have the drive, initiative, and persistence to make it to the top. It takes a savvy operator who can evaluate risk and is not afraid to take it.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 4,871
I found a fascinating website while trolling around the Internet recently.
  • Marsha Friedman
  • 3,354
Domination is the battle plan. In this issue we once again take a look at franchisees intent on being the big boy, leading the pack, or simply, market domination - and where they do it.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 4,624
A second round of results from the recent Empathica 2013 Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Benchmark Study have been released.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,567
A new survey that asked consumers to weigh in on food, order accuracy, speed of service, menu, and other items at the top 62 QSR brands found that, not surprisingly, the likelihood of a return visit to a QSR increases from 20 to 81 percent when guests report a higher satisfaction rate.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,294
Franchising is big. And so are some of its franchisees. Just take a look at our "Mega 99" list (page 54) and you'll see what we mean!
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 2,871
Some multi-unit franchisees take it to the limit. They're not content with one or two or even a handful of units.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 2,937
One brand, two brands, three brands, more. When it comes to growth and expansion, that's exactly what many multi-unit operators have in mind.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 6,225
We are always on the lookout for big franchisees, the kind who don't run a half dozen units but dozens of units.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 3,548
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Open a Chronic Tacos Franchise
Chronic Tacos is a California inspired authentic Mexican grill that celebrates the individuality of our customers. We have developed restaurants that are warm and inviting with a style that reflects our uniqueness.
One common thread linking this year's group of multi-unit dominators is how none planned a career in franchising.
  • Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,672
It's been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. You'll notice that most of the same brands have returned to this year's Multi-Unit 50 lists.
  • Paul Wilbur
  • 6,110
Multi-unit franchisees dominate today's marketplace, controlling more total units than their single-unit counterparts--and an increasing number are operating multiple brands.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,684
Multi-unit franchising is one thing. Multi-concept franchising is something else entirely. Nevertheless, it's a place--and a choice--that many franchisees love, and where they excel. These determined operators look for growth opportunities and potential across several concepts, sometimes in wildly different sectors. The multi-concept franchising model offers power in numbers (units, brands, territory, and income potential), as well as the security of spreading their risk across different concepts in a diversified portfolio.
  • Kerry Pipes
  • 5,354
There are some big franchisees out there, mega franchisees, in fact! We know because each year we rank them by number of units and brands in our "Mega 99" list. Beyond these black-and-white numbers--which are especially impressive since many began working part-time in low-level positions, or started with a single unit--are their stories of passion, creativity, long hours, and sheer will and determination to succeed. Multi-unit franchisees have many stories to tell, and their journeys to where they are today are filled with ups and downs.
  • Multi-Unit Franchisee
  • 6,997
Franchise Update Media Group (FUMG), the leading industry resource for franchise development, today announced that the search is on for the nation's largest multi-unit franchisees, to be included in the 2011 "MEGA 99" lists. The submission deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.
  • PRESS RELEASE
  • 2,260
It was only a few years ago that, for the first time, multi-unit franchisees controlled more units than single-unit operators did. That moment marked a shift that had been building for decades as franchising matured into today's world of dominant multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees--along with multi-brand franchisors offering several brands from under one roof. To paraphrase the old car slogan, "This is not your father's franchising." Or perhaps we should say, "not your mom-and-pop's." Franchising has grown up and it looks a lot like multi.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 1,727
Readers of Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine have resoundingly told us how they look forward to our annual rankings lists. So once again, working with research ally FRANdata, we've gathered the data, crunched the numbers, and formulated our annual "MU50" lists.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 18,865
Multi-unit and multi-brand operations are where the action is today in franchising. Whether the economy stalls, falls, or climbs, an increasing number of multi-unit franchisees are not content with just one unit--and many are not content with just one brand. Multi-concept franchising offers power in numbers--units, brands, territory, and income--as well as the security gained by spreading the risk across different brands in a franchisee company's portfolio.
  • Kerry Pipes and Eddy Goldberg
  • 2,698
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