Popular Chains'Busiest Locations

Popular Chains'Busiest Locations
Think you know where McDonald's busiest restaurant is? If you said the Big Apple, you're wrong. It's not even in America.

We researched 26 of the most popular names in chains to find out the busiest location in the world for each. Sure, some turned out to be in New York City, but there were certainly some unexpected surprises as well.

Click through our gallery to see the busiest store in your favorite chain.

First Up: McDonald's Busiest Is ...
The Busiest Location Is:
Karlsplatz, Munich, Germany

The Busiest Location in U.S. Is:
220 W. 42nd St., New York (Times Square)

Fun Facts:
The U.S. has the most McDonald's with 12,804 restaurants. Germany is in fifth place with 1,091 restaurants.

More than 1/3 of all French fries sold in the United States are by McDonald's.

Next: Dairy Queen's Busiest Is ...
The Busiest Location Is:
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The Busiest Location in the U.S Is:
Rosedale, Md.

Fun Fact:
Their busiest store generates $2.8 million in sales a year.

Next:
Outback Steakhouse's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev.

Fun Facts:
The average size of an Outback Steakhouse is 6,000 square feet, featuring a dining room and an island bar. It seats approximately 200 guests.

Outback was established in March 1988 and is now a member of OSI Partners Inc. Other members include Cheeseburger in Paradise, Carrabbas, and Bonefish Grill.

Next: Domino's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Outside Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Busiest Location Outside U.S. Is:
Tallaght, Ireland

Fun Facts:
As of 2006, Domino's Pizza operates in five countries, with over 600 stores and approximately 14,000 employees.

Domino's makes more than 60 million pizzas a year.

Next: 7-Eleven's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Samutprakarn, Thailand

The Busiest Location in U.S. Is:
East Quogue (Long Island), N.Y.

Fun Facts:
There are over 7,500 7-Eleven stores in North America and 33,700 globally.

7-Eleven's birthday is on July 11 (7-11), and the stores used to operate from 7 a.m. to 11.p.m.

Next: Busiest Applebee's Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
42nd St. between 7th & 8th Avenue, New York

The Largest Location Is:
50th & Broadway, New York

Fun Facts:
There are Applebee's operating in 49 states, one U.S. territory and 16 countries. Applebee's has 1,900 restaurants total and is the largest dining restaurant concept in the world.

Next: Nordstrom's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Southcoast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Fun Facts:
Nordstrom currently has 157 stores in the U.S., located in 28 states. Of those 157 stores, 103 are full-line retailers, 50 are Nordstrom Racks, and the rest are miscellaneous stores.

The first Nordstrom was opened in 1901, as a shoe store.

Next: Red Lobster's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Times Square, New York

Fun Facts:
The Times Square Red Lobster generates approximately $10 million in sales each year.

The first Red Lobster opened in 1968.

Next: Barnes & Noble's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Union Square, New York

Fun Facts:
Barnes & Noble, primarily a bookstore, is also the second-largest coffee house in the U.S. The first Barnes & Noble was created in 1873, by Charles M. Barnes, and based out of his home.

Next: Whole Foods' Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Columbus Circle, New York

Fun Facts:
Whole Foods currently has over 54,000 employees and has more than 270 locations in North America and the United Kingdom.

The first Whole Foods opened in Austin, Tex. in 1980, and was staffed with only 19 employees.

Next: Hard Rock Caf's Busiest Is...
The Busiest UK Location Is:
London

The Busiest Europe Location Is:
Barcelona

The Busiest Location in the U.S. Is:
Times Square, New York

These three locations are tied for the title of being the busiest location.

Fun Fact:
First opened June 14, 1971, in London.

Next: AMC Theatres' Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Times Square, New York

Fun Facts:
The Times Square building plays to more than two million guests per year.

AMC has 359 theaters, and 5,138 screens. Located primarily in the U.S. and Canada, AMC also has theaters Mexico, Hong Kong, France and the United Kingdom.

Next: Crate & Barrel's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Madison Avenue, New York

Fun Facts:
Crate & Barrel first opened in 1962 as a family business. The business started out with the two owners and only one employee. Today there are 160 stores and over 7,000 employees.

Next: Burger King's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Luchthaven Schiphol, Netherlands

The Busiest Location in the U.S. Is:
San Francisco, Calif.

Fun Facts:
Burger King was founded in 1954, in Miami, Fla. and it introduced the Whopper three years later. There are over 11,200 restaurants located in all 50 states, and in 69 countries.

Next: Dunkin Donuts' Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
755 Main St., S. Weymouth, Mass.

Fun Facts:
Dunkin' Donuts was founded in 1950 by Bill Rosenberg in Massachusetts. As of Dec. 31, 2007, there were 7,988 stores worldwide, of which 5,769 are in the U.S.

Next: Toys"R"Us's Busiest Is...
The Busiest 3 Locations Are:
-- Times Square, New York
-- La Defense, Paris, France
-- Avenue Los Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fun Facts:
Toys"R"Us has over 1,500 stores worldwide, more than 680 of which are located outside of the U.S. in 33 countries.

Next: Baskin-Robbins' Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
1201 S. Victory Blvd. in Burbank, Calif.

Busiest Location Outside the U.S. Is:
Meundong store in Seoul, South Korea

Fun Facts:
Baskin-Robbins has over 5,800 stores worldwide, with more than 2,700 located outside of the U.S. It was founded in 1942 by Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins.

Next: The Gap's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
34th & Broadway, New York

Fun Facts:
Gap currently has more than 3,100 stores and earns $15.8 billion in revenue. Gap Inc. has expanded and created other brands such as Banana Republic, Old Navy and Piperlime.

Next: Avis' Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Orlando Airport, Fla.

Fun Facts:
Currently there are over 2,100 Avis locations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Avis was found in 1946 by Warran Avis.

Next: Jiffy Lube's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Honolulu, Hawaii

Fun Facts:
This Jiffy Lube service center, on average, serves approximately 120 cars per day. On Saturdays, usually the busiest day of the week, it services an average of 140 customers and has as many as 26 employees working. According to the owners, 80% of its customers are repeat customers.

Next: KFC's Busiest Is...
The Busiest 3 Locations Are:
-- U.S.: Fall River, Mass.
-- China: Beijing Railway Station, China
-- Rest of World: Les Halles, Paris, France

Fun Facts:
KFC has more than 11,000 restaurants, located in over 80 countries. KFC serves approximately eight million customers a day.

Next: Hilton's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Avenue of the Americas, New York

Busiest Location Outside the U.S.
Perth, Australia

Fun Facts:
The first Hilton hotel was founded in Cisco, Texas, back in 1919. Currently, there are over 500 Hilton locations globally.

Next: Starwood Hotels' Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Sheraton Hotel & Towers, New York

Busiest Location Outside U.S. Is:
Le Meredian, Singapore

Fun Facts:
The first Sheraton, in Springfield, Mass., opened in 1937. By 1949, Sheraton had expanded internationally.

In 1985, Sheraton became the first hotel chain to operate in the People's Republic of China.

Next: Midas 's Busiest Is...

Next: Midas's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Tinley Park, Ill.

Fun Facts:
Midas was founded in April 1956 in Macon Ga. Today, Midas operates in 17 different countries.

Next: IMAX's Busiest Is...
The Busiest Location Is:
Lincoln Square, New York

Fun Facts:
IMAX was founded in 1967 and is headquartered jointly in New York City and Toronto. There are more than 295 IMAX theaters, in 40 countries.

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