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Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants
Company nameDarden Restaurants, Incorporated
Company typePublic (Nyse - DRI)
S&P 500 Component
FoundedLakeland, Florida (1968)
Headquarters1000 Darden Center Dr.
Orlando, Florida 32837
Key peopleClarence Otis, Jr., Chairman and CEO
Andrew H. "Drew" Madsen COO, President
Valerie K. "Val" Collins Corporate Controller/SVP
Brad Richmond CFO/SVP
Revenue(+) US$7.22 Billion (FY 2009)
Operating income(+) US$620 Million (FY 2009)
Net income(+) US$372 Million (FY 2009)
Total assets(+) US$5.03 Billion (FY 2009)
Total equity(+) US$1.61 Billion (FY 2009)
Employees180,000+ (2010)

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Darden Restaurants, Inc. (Nyse - DRI) is a multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, near Orlando. The firm owns several casual dining restaurant chains, most notably Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster. Darden owns and operates 1,800 restaurant locations throughout North America and has more than 180,000 employees, making it the largest full-service casual dining company in the world by number of stores. Darden does not franchise its restaurants in the United States, but many of its international locations are not under corporate control.

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