Report Highlights

  • $1B+ Chains franchised store ownership trends including: (1) company vs. franchisee development; (2) company vs. franchisee ownership; (3) franchise transfers; (4) average units per franchisee; and (5) ten largest franchisees list.

Conclusions

  • The level of company store ownership has increased for the 2nd consecutive year as the corporate development rate continues to exceed the franchisee development rate and more franchised stores are acquired than sold.
  • The 2020 franchise transfer rate exceeded the development rate for the 9th year in a row, which reflects: a continued move towards franchisee consolidation (in search of scale-based cost efficiencies) and high construction costs.

Franchised Ownership Trends & Largest Operators – Report Outline