The Top Ten Pizza Chains in the U.S – An Analysis

The pizza industry in the USA is worth $45.73 billion and the state of the North American pizza market is expected to thrive at a rate of 10.2% in the next five years

Here are some insights into the store locations and revenue of major pizza chains in the US – Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Marcos, Cicis, Round Table Pizza, Sbarro, and California Pizza Kitchen.

Insights in Brief

  • Pizza Hut has the most stores in the U.S.
  • There are about 2,600 stores in California
  • Domino’s falls behind Pizza Hut in the number of stores but has been more profitable in recent years.
  • Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars and Papa John’s are the only chains that have more than 3,000 stores in the U.S.

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How many stores do each pizza chains have in the US?

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Map of Pizza Chains across the US

Pizza Hut

Number of Stores - 7,608
Top State - Texas (828)
Revenue (2017) - 5.51 billion

Domino's

Number of Stores - 5,827
Top State - Texas (592)
Revenue (2017) - 5.92 billion

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Little Ceasars

Number of Stores - 4,235
Top State - California (546)
Revenue (2017) - 3.72 billion

Papa John

Papa John's

Number of Stores - 3,064
Top State - Texas (287)
Revenue (2017) - 3.01 billion

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Papa Murphy's

Number of Stores - 1,400
Top State - California (157)
Revenue (2017) - 833 million

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Marcos

Number of Stores - 917
Top State - Ohio (148)
Revenue (2017) - 549 million

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Cicis

Number of Stores - 441
Top State - Texas (180)
Revenue (2017) - 421 million

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Round Table Pizza

Number of Stores - 429
Top State - California (356)
Revenue (2017) - 445 million

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Sbarro

Number of Stores - 318
Top State - California (32)
Revenue (2017) - 236 million

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California Pizza Kitchen

Number of Stores - 203
Top State - California (72)
Revenue (2017) - 666 million

    Revenue

    The graph below shows the revenue generated (in dollars) by the brands in the years 2016 and 2017.pizza-chains-revenue

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    Domino’s is the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales of 2017. Reports state that the company made a $277.9 million profit in its 2017 fiscal year, thanks to their revamped menu and innovative digital strategies.

    Pizza Hut saw a dip in their revenue in 2017 which led to Domino’s beating them in sales. To get back in the ring, Yum Brands, Pizza Hut’s parent company will invest $130 million into the company. The money will be used to upgrade equipment, improve restaurant technology and boost advertising. If there is one thing that they do better than Domino’s, it’s their delivery tracking system. With chatbots, social media sign-in and re-order functionality, their app is user-friendly.

    Although the revenue generated in 2017 by Papa John’s has increased when compared to the previous year, the company is in troubled waters. In July, the same-store sales went down by 10.5%, revenue dropped 15.7% to $364 million, and the net income fell by $13 million. California Pizza Kitchen has the least number of restaurants with 204 stores but generates revenue comparable to that of Marcos and Round Table Pizza.

    Papa Murphy’s, Cicis and Sbarro have also taken a hit in 2017 when compared to 2016. To minimize losses, Papa Murphy’s has been slowing down growth and concentrating more on re-franchising. While the death of the mall culture is what seemed to have pulled down Sbarro, they came out of the bankruptcy in 2014 and are now striving for global expansion.

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