Just in time to coincide with our story on how Starbucks has been regaining it leading position among national coffee chains, USA Today reports that the Seattle-based company has overtaken Burger King and Wendy's on the list of largest U.S. restaurant chains. Only global powerhouses McDonald's and Subway rank ahead of it. The list is based on 2010 sales.
As a result, the chain may once again be in expansion mode. The New York Post reports it will be opening several Starbucks stores in the city in the near future.
Bloomberg also recently published a story about how Starbucks has been making strides with middle-income consumers through its Seattle's Best Coffee brand.