Jersey is no stranger to pizza, but apparently there's still room for extra cheese in the state famous for the tomato pie, as it welcomed 10 new Little Caesars locations for a 33% growth (30 to 40).
New Mexico saw a 33% growth in chains endorsed by Kate Upton, with Carl's Jr. adding five new restaurants (15 to 20 locations).
New York is another state where our methods admittedly start to break down. Jimmy John's took top honors with 58% growth (12 to 19), and although the small number of new locations might seem like a drop in the Big Apple bucket, it's worth noting that many chains in New York actually lost locations (Cold Stone, KFC, Jamba Juice) or saw no growth at all (Burger King, Arby's).
Big Pizza made its mark on North Carolina with 56 new Domino's shops, but lesser-known Toledo-based chain Marco's Pizza won the percentage game with a 47% increase from 17 to 25 stores. It also won neighboring South Carolina and saw substantial gains across the country, which is not surprising since it recently cracked the top 10 on Pizza Today's list of most successful pizza companies.
Caribou Coffee started in Minneapolis, so it's only neighborly that it would lend a caffeinated kick to bordering North Dakota with an extra 12 stores (35 to 47) for an increase of 34%.
Jersey Mike's Subs
Ohio welcomed Jersey Mike's with open arms, embracing a 23% increase in Garden State subs (30 to 37).
Although Oklahomans would probably prefer to have 11 new restaurants from Kevin Durant (shoutout to Kd's Southern Cuisine!), the fastest grower was Domino's, jumping 26% by going from 42 to 53 locations.
Oregon does local harder than just about anyone, but when it comes to pizza delivery the state falls in line with much of the rest of the country by adding 17 more Domino's (42-59) for a 40% growth increase.
The surprise boomer in Pennsylvania was root beer-centric A&W, which doubled its footprint from 10 to 20 shops.