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Arby's Restaurant Group

At a Glance

Products & Services: Roast beef, chicken, sandwiches, fries, salads, shakes

Number of Locations: 3,610

Total Investment: $357.5K - $2.4M

Founded: 1964

Began Franchising: 1965

About Arby's Restaurant Group

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
2011 2,351 99 33 1,127
2010 2,411 108 10 1,150
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $357,500 - $2,404,500
Franchise Fee: $37,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
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How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At franchisee's location: Ongoing. At certified training restaurant : 5 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: All marketing supplied by franchisee association

Franchise Ranking History

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

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