|Founded||July 21, 1967|
Ming Tsai Cherng
|Headquarters||1683 Walnut Grove Ave., Rosemead, California 91770 U.S. (626-799-9898)|
Number of locations
|1,653 (May 2014) |
|United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Guam|
|Products||American Chinese cuisine|
|Revenue||$2 billion (March 2014) |
Number of employees
|Parent||Panda Restaurant Group Inc.|
Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain, serving American-Chinese cuisine. It operates mainly in the United States, with smaller units frequently found in casinos, shopping malls and other entertainment venues. It is the USA's largest American-Chinese restaurant business.
Panda Express has close to 1,700 restaurants, located in 47 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The company does not offer franchises, as all units are company-owned.
The chain offers a variety of Chinese-cuisine-inspired dishes (e.g., Orange Chicken; Firecracker Chicken Breast; Beijing Beef; Grilled Teriyaki Chicken; Kung Pao Chicken). "Combo meals" are served with customer's choice of either fried rice, steamed rice, chow mein, or mixed vegetables. No MSG is added to any of the items at Panda Express after it has been delivered to the restaurant, nor does Panda Express purchase from any suppliers who add MSG prior to delivery.
Panda Express is headquartered in Rosemead, California. The Panda Express brand is a casual, high-quality, fast-food variation of corporate sibling and predecessor Panda Inn (a chain of upscale, table service restaurants).
The Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San, was founded by Andrew and Peggy Cherng and Andrew's father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng, all of whom are from the Yangzhou region of China's Jiangsu Province. They opened their first Panda Inn restaurant in February 1970 in Pasadena, California.
In 1967, Donahue Schriber Real Estate, the manager of the Glendale Galleria, invited the Cherngs to develop a fast-food version of Panda Inn for the Galleria's food court, and Panda Express was born. The chain has steadily expanded across the United States since then.
In 2014, The Panda Restaurant Group had annual sales of over $2 billion and close to 25,000 employees.
In 2008, Andrew Cherng and his wife, Peggy, were the recipients of the City of Angels Award, given by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, for their contributions to the greater Los Angeles area.
Both Andrew and Peggy Cherng are alumni of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. Peggy Cherng received her B.S. degree in applied mathematics from Oregon State University in 1971, and her M.S. in Computer Science and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Andrew Cherng also received his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri.
On the ABC News TV program Nightline, April 18, 2011, there was a feature segment on Panda Express and its success. The segment described how Andrew Cherng encourages his workers and management to go through self-help programs emphasizing Landmark Education.
In June 2013, it was announced that the restaurant chain will pay $150,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission action on behalf of at least three female teenagers who were allegedly sexually harassed between 2007 and 2009 by one male kitchen supervisor in Kauai, Hawaii.
Panda Express also operates in Mexico and Canada. In October 2013, the first Panda Express located in Canada opened its doors on Hunt Club Road in Nepean, Ontario. Panda Express was formerly located in Japan. It also opened in Korea.
On May 26, 2014, it was announced by Arabian Business news that Panda Express would be start business in the United Arab Emirates. This opening will mark the first Panda Express in the Middle East.
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