Checkers Drive In Restaurants

Checkers - A big time franchise packed into a little building

Business Type: Franchise

Startup Costs: $155,400 - $1,286,740

Can be operated from home: Yes

For over 30 years, we have focused on bold and flavorful food, amazing value for our guests, and profitability. Our uniqueness only starts with iconic buildings. With a seasoned and principled leadership and support team, along with a strong national presence, Checkers & Rally’s has experienced a strong, category leading system-wide same-store sales performance for more than four consecutive years*.

Room To Grow ~ With over 800 restaurants, we still have top-tier market availability in all major US markets. We offer build-out options at multiple investment levels to help those restaurateurs of all sizes to own a business. The varied restaurant formats (free standing, inline, non-traditional, conversions, etc.) allow restaurateurs to fit Checkers & Rally’s on any site with compelling returns.

Outstanding System Achievements ~ Four consecutive years of same-store sales growth* and counting; 3.4 to 1 Sales to Investment Ratio*, triple the industry average**, and a strong Return On Investment of 71.4%*. Checkers is consistently ranked highest in overall value by guests in the category - thriving in both booming and retracting economies.

Vested In Our Franchise Family ~ We operate restaurants too! The company owns and operates 335 restaurants to ensure both products and initiatives are tested before rollout to the franchise community. Our focus on profitability and our franchisee relationship means we are aligned with our Checkers & Rally’s franchisees. The results of our nimble, metric-driven management style are highly tangible and include more effective food cost controls and streamlined supply chain as well as increased efficiencies across the business. 

Checkers & Rally’s, a proud supporter of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program, reduced its initial franchise fee for qualified Veterans to $0 in 2015…FREE! ($30,000 savings).

Ideal Candidate
We are looking for both individuals with prior restaurant/business experience and those who are seeking a financial investment. Our financial criteria are a minimum of $750,000 net worth and $250,000 liquid assets.

“I absolutely love my life. I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. The fact that we work for ourselves gives us the freedom to do things, the rewards from that are phenomenal.”
- Alan Balen, Multi-Unit Franchisee

© 2015 Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. 4300 W. Cypress St., Suite 600, Tampa, FL 33607. * Per Item 19 in Checkers 2015 Franchise Disclosure Document. **This information is based on a 2013 industry data report published by Restaurant Research LLC and comparing those results with the information we present in our 2015 FDD. Written substantiation will be provided on request.