"Fast growing” has not been a phrase uttered often in the last few years. And yet, despite the nation’s economic problems, many chains have managed to thrive. With all the buzz about consumers flocking to the Panera Breads, Chipotle Mexican Grills, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, it might seem that the chains enjoying the most growth were part of the fast-casual segment. In fact, nearly all of the front runners in the race to expand over the last three years have been ...

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