Panda Restaurant Group

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Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
Genre Chinese and Japanese restaurants
Founded 1983
Founder Andrew Cherng
Headquarters 1683 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, California 91770 U.S. (626-799-9898)[1], Rosemead, California
Number of locations


Area served
43 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Mexico[3]
Key people
Andrew Cherng,
Chairman & Co-CEO
Peggy Tsiang Cherng,
Co-Chairman & Co-CEO
Revenue $2.5 billion (2016)[4]
Owner Cherng family
Number of employees
Panda Express Logo
Panda Inn Logo

Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express & Hibachi-San, was founded by Andrew and Peggy Tsiang Cherng [5] and Andrew's father, Master Chef Ming-Tsai Cherng, the family originating in the Yangzhou region of China's Jiangsu province. They started their first Panda Inn restaurant in 1973 in Pasadena, California.[6] The group has its headquarters in Rosemead, California.[7]

Andrew Cherng '70 and his wife Peggy Tsiang Cherng met at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.[8] Peggy Cherng went on to receive her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Oregon State University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.The company debuted on Forbes' 2016 edition of America Largest Private Companies[9]


The Panda Restaurant Group includes Panda Express, Panda Inn, and Hibachi-San.

Panda Express, the most popular, has 1,900 locations as of 2016.,[2] making it the largest Chinese fast food chain in the United States.

Panda Inn, a sit-down restaurant chain, has 6 locations, all of which are in California, plus Wasabi, a Japanese concept.[10]


  1. ^ About (Panda History 'Fact Sheet')
  2. ^ a b Panda Express - Locations, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. Accessed: Aug. 4, 2012
  3. ^ The Panda Story: 2011
  4. ^
  5. ^ Jennings, Lisa, "Having words with Peggy Tsiang Cherng: chief executive and co-chair, Panda Restaurant Group", Nation's Restaurant News, August 1, 2005
  6. ^ "About Hibachi-San." Retrieved on April 17, 2010.
  7. ^ "Corporate Fact Sheet." Panda Restaurant Group. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  8. ^ "Cherngs honored for contributions in L.A. area", Baker Pride alumni magazine, Baker University, Kansas, Spring 2008 issue.
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  10. ^ Locations

Further reading[edit]

  • Bernstein, Charles, 'Manchu Leads the Working Race,' Restaurants & Institutions, August 1, 1994, p. 30.
  • Cebrzynski, Gregg, 'Panda Express Breaks TV Ad Campaign as Test to Raise Brand Awareness,' Nation's Restaurant News, August 9, 1999, p. 11.
  • Farkas, David, 'Fast and Friendly,' Chain Leader, March 2000, p. 72.
  • Glover, Kara, 'Success on Oriental (Food) Express,' Los Angeles Business Journal, September 25, 1995, p. 21.
  • Leibowitz, Ed, "The Tao of Panda Express: The Chinese food chain’s success story—how a single outlet in the Glendale Galleria grew to 1,800 locations worldwide—begins with one secret ingredient: owners who care", LA Magazine, April 20, 2015
  • Marchetti, Michele, and Alisson, Lucas, 'Creating Panda-monium,' Sales & Marketing Management, January 1996, p. 14.
  • Martin, Richard, 'Panda Express: Bullish about the Bear,' Nation's Restaurant News, May 16, 1994, p. 86.
  • ------, 'Top Chi-Chi's, El Torito Execs Tackle Panda Push,' Nation's Restaurant News, August 7, 1995, p. 18
  • Walkup, Carolyn, 'Panda Express Promo Targets Takeout Business,' Nation's Restaurant News, February 28, 1994, p. 7.

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