Big Boy Restaurants Int'l.

At a Glance

Products & Services: Family restaurant

Number of Locations: 109

Total Investment: $861.8K - $3.6M

Founded: 1936

Began Franchising: 1952

About Big Boy Restaurants Int'l.

In 1936, Bob Wian sold his DeSoto Roadster and used the money to buy a small hamburger stand in Glendale, California, naming it Bob's Pantry. A customer request inspired him to create the first double-decker hamburger, and another customer, a six-year-old boy who would often help sweep up the restaurant in exchange for a free hamburger, inspired him to name it the Big Boy. Franchising of Big Boy Restaurants began in 1952, and today the company is headquartered in Warren, Michigan.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 84 0 0 25
2013 89 0 0 24
2012 99 0 0 25
2011 113 0 0 20
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $861,800 - $3,568,000
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years
Veteran Incentives: 50% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $250,000
20% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 40. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (90% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: At certified training store, at franchisee's location, via Intranet : Up to 8 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #440 (2012),

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