Arby's Restaurant Group Inc.

At a Glance

Products & Services: Sandwiches, fries, salads, shakes

Number of Locations: 3,395

Total Investment: $352.5K - $2.4M

Founded: 1964

Began Franchising: 1965

About Arby's Restaurant Group Inc.

Forrest and Leroy Raffel started their food-service consulting firm, Raffel Brothers Inc., in the 1950s, but were soon thinking about starting their own restaurant. On a rainy night, the brothers found inspiration--roast beef sandwiches. In 1964, the first Arby's ("R.B." for "Raffel Brothers") opened in Boardman, Ohio.

The original Arby's menu consisted of roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and iced tea. Over time other sandwiches, curly fries, milkshakes, meals for kids and light choices have been added to the menu.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 2,318 85 51 941
2013 2,313 85 50 956
2012 2,343 92 36 1,011
2011 2,308 95 32 1,129
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $352,500 - $2,437,000
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: Up to 20 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 50% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Liquid Cash Available: $500,000
58% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 15 - 20. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed..

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 days. At certified training restaurant : 7 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #52 (2012), #132 (2011),
America's Top Global: #48 (2012), #109 (2011),

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