The Top 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 top pizza chains in US – Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, Marcos, MOD Pizza, Round, Table Pizza, Cicis, Sbarro, Blaze Pizza, California Pizza Kitchen, Mellow Mushroom, Pieology and Pie Five Pizzeria.

Pizza Chain Number of Stores Top State Revenue (in billions)
Pizza Hut 6,296 Texas $12.2B
Domino’s 6,151 Texas $13.5B
Little Caesars 4,196 California $4.7B
Papa Johns 3,003 Texas $3.5B
Papa Murphys 1,306 Washington $.8B
Marcos 958 Ohio $.63B
MOD Pizza 507 Texas $.39B
Round Table Pizza 418 California $.47B
Cicis 376 Texas $.45B
Sbarro 316 California $.48B
Blaze Pizza 308 Texas $.31B
California Pizza Kitchen 195 California $.78B
Mellow Mushroom 176 Georgia $.21B
Pieology 126 California $.06B
Pie Five 38 Texas $.41B
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.
  • The top three states with the most pizza chains are California, Texas and Florida.
  • The top three cities with the most pizza chains are Houston (TX), San Antonio (TX), and Los Angeles (CA).
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How many stores do each pizza chains have in the US?

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Pizza Hut is the largest pizza chain in the US with 6,296 store locations.

Map of Top Pizza Chains across US in 2020

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Pizza Hut

Number of Stores - 6,296
Top State - Texas (819)
Revenue (2017) - 5.51 billion

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Domino's

Number of Stores - 6,151
Top State - Texas (637)
Revenue (2017) - 5.92 billion

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Little Ceasars

Number of Stores - 4,196
Top State - California (536)
Revenue (2017) - 3.72 billion

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Papa John's

Number of Stores - 3,003
Top State - Texas (287)
Revenue (2017) - 3.01 billion

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Papa Murphy's

Number of Stores - 1,306
Top State - Washington (149)
Revenue (2017) - 833 million

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Marcos

Number of Stores - 958
Top State - Ohio (139)
Revenue (2017) - 549 million

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MOD Pizza

Number of Stores - 507
Top State - Texas (86)
Revenue (2017) - 270 million

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Round Table Pizza

Number of Stores - 418
Top State - California (347)
Revenue (2017) - 444 million

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Cicis

Number of Stores - 376
Top State - Texas (159)
Revenue (2017) - 421 million

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Sbarro

Number of Stores - 316
Top State - California (32)
Revenue (2017) - 236 million

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Blaze Pizza

Number of Stores - 308
Top State - Texas (102)
Revenue (2017) - 271 million

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California Pizza Kitchen

Number of Stores - 195
Top State - California (72)
Revenue (2017) - 666 million

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Mellow Mushroom

Number of Stores - 176
Top State - Georgia (43)
Revenue (2017) - 445 million

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Pieology

Number of Stores - 126
Top State - California (72)
Revenue (2017) - 93 million

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Pie Five Pizzeria

Number of Stores - 38
Top State - Texas (14)
Revenue (2017) - 53 million

Revenue

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

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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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