A & W Restaurants Inc.

At a Glance

Products & Services: Burgers, hot dogs, root beer

Number of Locations: 639

Total Investment: $912K - $1.6M

Founded: 1919

Began Franchising: 1925

About A & W Restaurants Inc.

Roy W. Allen opened his first beverage stand in Lodi, California, in 1919. Three years later, he joined forces with Frank Wright to form the A & W Root Beer Co. In addition to selling root beer, A & W established a chain of drive-up restaurants that served the company's root beer as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries. Today there are A & W Restaurant locations around the world.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2011 322 0 317 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Asia.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $912,000 - $1,623,500
Franchise Fee: $20,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $1,000,000
Liquid Cash Available: $360,000

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #246 (2012), #259 (2011),
America's Top Global: #191 (2012), #200 (2011),