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Chick-fil-A on Track to Pass Subway as America's No. 3 Fast Food Chain

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Last year Chick-fil-A ranked No. 7

They may only be open six days a week and less than 24 hours a day, but Chick-fil-A is growing so fast that it is predicted to become one of America’s top fast-food chains. It’s anticipated that, should the chicken chain continue its rate of growth, it will knock Subway out of its current third place rank by 2019.

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According to Restaurant Business magazine, Chick-fil-A sales have increased 15.5 percent this year and its traffic is up 10 percent, which means that if the company continues this rate of growth its sales could approach $10.4 billion. Last year the chain made $9.021 billion.

With that kind of development,Chick-fil-A — which ranked at No. 7 last year — will surpass Taco Bell, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway to become America’s third largest fast food chain in terms of sales, according to a recent assessment by Kalinowski Equity Research (as reported by Market Watch).

Subway has found itself in a bit of a pickle recently. The sandwich chain has closed hundreds of stores and even ditched its iconic $5 footlong deal.

Kalinowski thinks that it’s not just Subway, but also No. 1 fast food chain McDonald’s that should worry about Chick-fil-A’s crazy fast progress. “We have long pointed out that Chick-fil-A is the restaurant competition with which McDonald’s U.S. should most concern itself — and by extension, investors should too,” the report from the financial technology experts explained.

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While they may be in stiff competition, both McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A are among America’s 10 best fast food chains for breakfast.