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The Most Successful Panda Express in the World Makes Over $4 Million a Year


Bet you never thought franchising a Panda Express would actually be the key to multi-millionaire status, huh.  But there’s serious gold hiding in that orange chicken (the chain sold 39 millions pounds of the chicken last year).

Panda Express began more than 30 years ago in California. It’s exploded across the nation, even opening up 12 stores (to be expanded to 40) in Hawaii.

The chain recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Hawaii, hosting a party at its newest location in Moanalua. However, this is more than just a celebration of a nation’s obsession with chicken.  That’s because the first Panda Express in Hawaii located at the Ala Moana Center (a big tourist attraction) food court in Honolulu rakes in about $4 million dollars a year. It’s the highest revenue of any Panda Express anywhere else in the world.

Something to think about next time one of their employees hands you a sample on a toothpick.

H/T Star Bulletin

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

9 replies on “The Most Successful Panda Express in the World Makes Over $4 Million a Year”

How is the fact that a restaurant makes money “weird” because you ate there?

The least weird possible thing that could happen at a restaurant that serves food is that someone ate there. Your post is as bad as American incorrectly using the word ‘ironic’.

A salad at Chick-Fil-A beats the offerings at many sit-down restaurants, and it is cheaper and you don’t have to leave a tip. In other words, some fast food is just a good value.

Which goes back to my point of consistent & familiar. I assumed Panda Express was more prolific…but there are 1700 (1000 free standing) Chick-Fil-A’s to 1500 PE’s, which surprised me. These figures coming from their respective corporate websites.

I love you folks, but this is a sloppy post. The Star-Bulletin article where many of the facts in your article are from was written in 2007. Heck, the Star-Bulletin doesn’t even exist anymore. So the Ala Moana Panda Express could be raking in even more money.

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