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24/7 Wall St.: America's Disappearing Restaurant Chains

Big Boy

Change in sales (2001-2010): -68.6 percent
Sales 2001: $580 million
Sales 2010: $182.25 million
Change in units (2001-2010): -65.2 percent

Big Boy is the restaurant with the most locations on this list. It is also, perhaps, the most well known. In 2000, the company’s owner, the Elias Brothers Corporation, declared bankruptcy following cash-flow problems and difficulties with expansions. The month before it filed for bankruptcy, the company closed 43 restaurants. The restaurant, which specializes in double-decker hamburgers, has not done very well since. In 2001 Big Boy had 405 locations. By 2010, that number had decreased to 141.

(AP Photo/James A. Finley)

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