Buffalo Wild Wings

2015 Franchise 500
At a Glance

Products & Services: Buffalo wings, sandwiches

Number of Locations: 1,096

Total Investment: $1.4M - $3.6M

Founded: 1982

Began Franchising: 1991

About Buffalo Wild Wings

After moving from Buffalo, New York, to Kent, Ohio, friends James Disbrow and Scott Lowery couldn't find a restaurant that served the Buffalo-style chicken wings they still craved, so they decided to open their own. Their first sports bar, originally named Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck (or BW-3), opened in Columbus, Ohio, in 1982. The company began franchising in 1991. In addition to wings and 14 signature sauces, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants offer a full menu including salads, sandwiches, burgers and ribs.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2015 581 0 9 506
2014 578 0 3 448
2013 558 0 1 434
2012 504 0 0 325
2011 495 0 0 278
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Middle East, Mexico, Philippines.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $1,443,700 - $3,589,700
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $1,500,000
Liquid Cash Available: $750,000
50% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 40 - 60. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (80% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: 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,
Other marketing support: Advertising Advisory Committee

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #59 (2015), #62 (2014), #64 (2013), #62 (2012), #63 (2011),
Fastest-Growing: #61 (2015), #44 (2012), #37 (2011),

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