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Panda Express

National chain of fast-food Chinese restaurants.

1683 Walnut Grove Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770
Employees: 23,000+
CEO: Peggy Cherng
Privately held

Website: http://www.pandaexpress.com/

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The Panda Restaurant Group is the largest Asian restaurant company in the United States. The company's restaurants include:

Panda Express - offers fast-service Chinese food cooked by woks including Orange Chicken, Fried rice, Kung Pao Chicken and Beef with Broccoli. Launched in 1983, there are currently more than 1,700 Panda Express locations in 46 states throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, Canada and Mexico.

Panda Inn - offers gourmet Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine in an upscale, full-service dining atmosphere. Panda Inn has five Southern California locations in Glendale, La Palma, Ontario, Pasadena and San Diego. There is also a newly remodeled restaurant called Wasabi featuring Japanese cuisine.

Hibachi-San is a quick-service restaurant featuring Japanese grill favorites including teriyaka, tepanyaki and sushi. Hibachi-San has 28 locations throughout the U.S.

The family owned and operated company is run by the original founders, Andrew and Peggy Cherng. The company celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013 and has over $2 billion in annual revenue.


Andrew Cherng entered the restaurant business with his father who immigrated to the U.S. from China. Using their savings, the two in 1973 started a sit-down restaurant called Panda Inn in Pasadena, CA. In 1983, Andrew opened the first Panda Express in the Glendale Galleria mall.

By 1993, Panda Express would open its 100th location.

In 2001, Panda Restaurant Group bought a 40 percent ownership stake in FoodBrand, L.L.C, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mills Corporation, one of the nation's leading shopping center developers.

The company introduced Honey Walnut Shrimp to its restaurants in March 2010.


- Competitive base
- Annual Bonus
- Stock Options (Offered to Manager & Above Associates)
- 401(k) Plan with Company match
- Paid Time Off
- Medical, Dental, & Vision Insurance
- Basic Life Insurance
- Long Term Disability Insurance (Offered to Exempt Associates)
- Company Fitness Center
- Meal Discount

Updated October 28, 2014