Chick-fil-A: Something to Crow About

We broke this news in Whispers last week: Chick-fil-A was the top-selling restaurant in Hot Springs in 2012.

Having published the lists of 2012’s top-selling restaurants in Little Rock and North Little Rock last month, we now offer the top sellers for four cities that collect local Advertising & Promotion Commission taxes on food sales. Chick-fil-A was No. 1 or 2 in all four.

Bentonville 2012 Revenue2011 Revenue% Change
1 Eurest Dining (Wal-Mart cafeteria) $5,282,817 $4,946,695 6.8%
2 Chick-fil-A $3,098,296 $2,356,637 31.5%
3 Panera Bread Co. $2,525,356 $1,457,981 73.2%
4 Sam’s Club $2,439,911 $1,892,926 28.9%
5 McDonald’s (South Walton Boulevard) $2,426,900 $2,133,700 13.7%
6 Eleven (Crystal Bridges Museum) $2,254,569 NA NA
7 McDonald’s (South 14th & Phyllis) $2,047,800 $1,706,500 20%
8 Shogun Steak House $1,950,300 $1,463,200 33.3%
9 Zaxby’s $1,941,563 $1,457,471 33.2%
10 McDonald’s (Highway 71 & Peach Orchard) $1,931,700 $1,588,800 21.6%

Source: Bentonville Advertising & Promotion Commission

Conway 2012 Revenue2011 Revenue% Change
1 Chick-fil-A $4,416,394 $4,205,196 5%
2 Golden Corral $4,081,821 $2,171,820* NA
3 Chili’s Grill & Bar $3,841,509 $3,743,522 2.6%
4 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $3,710,895 $3,631,152 2.2%
5 McDonald’s (Salem Road) $3,493,781 $3,306,111 5.7%
6 TGI Friday’s $3,447,038 $3,483,989 -1.1%
7 McDonald’s (Dave Ward Drive) $3,289,833 $3,140,876 4.7%
8 McDonald’s (Highway 65 North) $3,007,925 $2,739,787 9.8%
9 Marketplace Grill $2,631,959 $2,713,363 -3%
10 Outback Steakhouse $2,543,250 $2,334,250 9%

*Opened August 2011
Sources: PulseOfConway.com and Conway Advertising & Promotion Commission            

Fayetteville2012 Revenue2011 Revenue% Change
1 Chick-fil-A (Northwest Village) $4,089,764 $3,703,720 10.4%
2 Olive Garden $3,609,778 $3,600,109 0.3%
3 Chick-fil-A (Razorback Road) $3,440,287 $2,999,702 14.7%
4 Golden Corral $3,261,134 $2,784,260 17.1%
5 Penguin Ed’s Barbeque $3,077,654 $2,887,400 6.6%
6 Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi $2,959,550 $2,683,400 10.3%
7 Red Lobster $2,943,988 $2,985,947 -1.4%
8 McDonald’s (Joyce Boulevard) $2,747,700 $2,789,900 -1.5%
9 Logan’s Roadhouse $2,643,573 $2,699,991 -2.1%
10 Rick’s Bakery $2,592,400 $2,441,900 6.2%

Source: Fayetteville Advertising & Promotion Commission. Ranking excludes Chartwell’s Dining Compass Group USA Inc., the contract provider of food services to the University of Arkansas, which paid tax on revenue of $5.1 million in 2012.

Hot Springs2012 Revenue2011 Revenue% Change
1 Chick-fil-A $3,303,594 $3,016,510 9.5%
2 Outback Steakhouse $3,260,863 $2,926,828 11.4%
3 Olive Garden $3,201,878 $3,105,923 3.1%
4 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $3,186,466 $2,965,217 7.5%
5 Red Lobster $3,132,944 $3,078,896 1.8%
6 Southwestern Catering $2,999,467 $2,940,133 2%
7 McDonald’s (East Grand Avenue) $2,718,435 $2,643,823 2.8%
8 Chili’s Grill & Bar $2,511,319 $2,379,261 5.6%
9 Magic Springs & Crystal Falls $2,181,993 $2,065,971 5.6%
10 McDonald’s (Central Avenue) $2,116,219 $1,949,780 8.5%

Source: Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission

Some things to keep in mind: Bentonville restaurants benefited from the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in November 2011. Alcohol sales are not included, so restaurants that serve booze bring in more money than shown. All Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sundays.

Gwen Moritz contributed to this report.

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