There may soon be a shake up in the rankings of America’s fast-food industry, as Chick-fil-A continues to increase its sales year after year.
If the Atlanta, Georgia-based fast-food chicken chain reaches the number three spot, it will only trail McDonald’s and Starbucks, which currently rank at number one and two in U.S. sales, respectively. The move would knock sandwich franchise Subway to the number four spot, followed by Taco Bell, Burger King, and Wendy’s.
It has long been anticipated that Chick-fil-A would place within the top-three, possibly as soon as 2020. However, in that forecast was bumped up to 2019, thanks to Chick-fil-A's anticipated sales increasing by roughly 12 to 15% last year. Add that onto the 14.2% sales growth that the company maintained in 2017, and it’s no wonder that Chick-fil-A is primed to take over the number three spot, not to mention put McDonald’s and Starbucks on notice.
Chick-fil-A’s continued success is all the more impressive considering the restaurant is closed on Sundays; a decision that other fast-food joints would likely never even consider.
It is additionally as impressive considering Chick-fil-A only serves chicken products, compared to its competitors that serve hamburgers as well. No doubt the singular focus on specializing in chicken has helped Chick-fil-A craft some of the tastiest chicken products within the fast-food industry.
Even in the wake of 2012’s political controversy - when the company was under fire for public comments made that were viewed as hostile towards the LGBT community - Chick-fil-A has continued to expand, increasing its chances for taking top honors within the industry.
While actual 2018 sales numbers have yet to be released, it will hardly come as a surprise if Chick-fil-A does in fact become the third-largest fast-food restaurant in America. It will be more interesting to see how long it takes for the company to encroach on the top two spots, and how Starbucks and McDonald’s will respond to such a threat.