WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Oconee County-based Zaxby's has been recognized as the number five "fast casual" restaurant chain in the nation in the new Fast Casual Top 150 Chain Restaurant Report, which lists the performance of 400 brands nationally.
"Fast-casual operators continue to outshine every other segment within the U.S. restaurant industry," said Darren Tristano, Executive Vice President of Technomic, the organization who created the report. "Fast-casual restaurants fill the gap between quick service and casual dining. People want fast, fresh, quality meals at a fair price point. This segment seems to hit that sweet spot right now."
In addition to being among the top chains in the U.S., Zaxby's is the market segment leader among chicken restaurants, with reported 2011 sales of $840 million, distinguishing it alongside other segment leaders like Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
"Our growth is an outcome of our company's continued promise to provide our guests with the best experience at our restaurants," said Zaxby's CEO and cofounder Zach McLeroy. "Our team members' and licensees' commitment to Zaxby's results in this success and brings our unique menu offerings to more people every day."
The chain has more than 540 locations in 12 states. The first Zaxby's restaurant opened in Statesboro in 1990.