Michigan has a yearning for freaky fast sandwiches when it comes to fast food.
Jimmy John’s, the Campaign, Illinois-based sandwich chain known for fresh ingredients and its quick delivery service, is the most-popular fast food chain when it comes to new restaurants opening in Michigan based on Google search volume data.
Michigan is one of five states that have a clamoring for Jimmy John’s over every other fast food chain. It is joined by fellow Midwest states Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri as well as Washington in the American Northwest.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the average start-up cost for a Jimmy John’s is relatively cheap compared to other fast food chains. Investors can expect to spend $329,500 to $557,000 on a store. There is also just a 4 percent failure rate, which might explain why the sandwich shops are so popular in Michigan.
Per Google search volume data, Chick-Fil-A is the most popular fast food franchise to open nationally, especially in states closer to its headquarters in Atlanta. The second-most popular franchise to open in the country is Dunkin’ Donuts and coming in third place is Subway.
Detroit-based Little Caesars is also a popular franchise choice around the country with Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Kentucky opening them the most.
Surprisingly, the fast food kings, McDonald’s, is only the most popular to open in California and Massachusetts, and fast food giant Taco Bell only reigned supreme in Oregon and North Dakota.
KFC was only the most popular in Alaska, Idaho and Maine, and just two states were big franchisers of the southern favorite, Waffle House: Iowa and West Virginia.
In total, more than 13,000 new franchises opened between 2017 and 2018, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.