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Panda Express

Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain serving American Chinese cuisine. It operates mainly inside the United States, in casinos, shopping malls, toll plazas, supermarkets, airports, railroad stations, strip malls, theme parks, stadiums, college campuses, and various military bases. It is the largest American Chinese restaurant chain in the United States.

In 1997, the company opened its first stand-alone drive-through restaurant in Hesperia, California.

History
A typical Panda Express in Fort Worth, Texas. (2014)

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.[10] They started their first Panda Inn restaurant in 1973 in Pasadena, California.In 1983, 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.[11] 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.

Andrew Cherng '70 and his wife Peggy Tsiang Cherng '68 are alumni of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.Peggy Cherng also 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

Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain serving American Chinese cuisine. It operates mainly inside the United States, in casinos, shopping malls, toll plazas, supermarkets, airports, railroad stations, strip malls, theme parks, stadiums, college campuses, and various military bases. It is the largest American Chinese restaurant chain in the United States.

In 1997, the company opened its first stand-alone drive-through restaurant in Hesperia, California.

History
A typical Panda Express in Fort Worth, Texas. (2014)

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.[10] They started their first Panda Inn restaurant in 1973 in Pasadena, California.In 1983, 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.[11] 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.

Andrew Cherng '70 and his wife Peggy Tsiang Cherng '68 are alumni of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.Peggy Cherng also 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

Overview

With approximately 1,600+[21] locations, it is the largest Chinese fast food restaurant chain in the United States. Andrew Cherng feels that Panda Express food needs more care and concern than other fast food restaurants. Panda Express tries to pay employees $1-2 more per hour than other nearby fast-food restaurants to get employees to put the extra care and concern into the food.

With approximately 1,600+[21] locations, it is the largest Chinese fast food restaurant chain in the United States. Andrew Cherng feels that Panda Express food needs more care and concern than other fast food restaurants. Panda Express tries to pay employees $1-2 more per hour than other nearby fast-food restaurants to get employees to put the extra care and concern into the food.

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